Here in the state of Texas, the summers can get pretty hot. You especially notice this when you leave an air conditioned building and get into a car that has been sitting out in the sun for hours. The contrast in temperature between the two is amazing. Titus 3 talks about an amazing, even radical contrast. It is the contrast between the old and new lives. Before coming to Christ, our lives are characterized by foolishness, disobedience to God, being misled by others, slavery to our wicked desires and evil pleasures, and with being consumed with envy and hatred towards others. But praise God, He reached down to our level because we could not reach up to His, and He washed us clean! He gave us a new start. He gives us eternal life! Now there should be a stark contrast in our lives as a result of receiving Christ as our Savior. This is especially true of what comes out of our mouths. We should not be divisive and speak evil of others (vv2, 10). Instead of tarring others down, we should focus on doing good works--things that help everybody (vv8-9). Is there an amazing contrast in your life from where you were before Christ and where you are now? Has that change permeated your speech? Or do you find yourself being divisive and negative? Remember that "those who believed in God should be careful to maintain good works" (v8). This is something we all should work at so that our lives continue to be a stark contrast to a world without Christ.
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