“These letters of encouragement and instruction to young church leaders, collectively known as the Pastoral Epistles (letters), have been written by Paul who wrote to help Timothy and Titus respond to a dangerous false teaching that threatened the churches of the area.” (HCSB)

1 Tm 1:5: “Now the goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart, a good conscience, and a sincere faith.” Paul describes in 1 Tm 1:7-9, the actions of the religious people: “They want to be teachers of the law, although they don’t understand what they are saying or what they are insisting on. Now we know that the law is good, provided one uses it legitimately. We know that the law is not meant for a righteous person, but for the lawless and rebellious…” It is critical that if people have the gift of teaching, that they must teach the truth in love and not focus strictly on the law. From a psychological viewpoint, relationships form beliefs that shape values that drives the behavior of people. If people are taught the truth without a feeling of a relationship, then they will reject it.

1 Tm 1:16: “But I received mercy because of this, so that in me, the worst of them, Christ Jesus might demonstrate the utmost patience as an example to those who would believe in Him for eternal life.” We discover God’s strength in our own weaknesses and are then able to live as examples to those who do not yet have a personal relationship with Christ. We read in 1 Tm 2:1-4: “First of all, then, I urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone, for kings and all those who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. This is good, and it pleases God our Savior, who wants everyone to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.”

1 Tm 4:8: “The training of the body has a limited benefit, but godliness is beneficial in every way, since it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.” As important as it is to take care of our physical body since it is a temple, it is even more important to keep our faith in check to make sure we are growing spiritually. Charles Quarles pointed out that, “Paul sought to prohibit extravagant, expensive styles (recognized as immodest and seductive) accompanied by the wearer’s neglect of their own character.” When we purchase expensive clothing and jewelry, we are demeaning ourselves internally because we are seeking external approval.

1 Tm 4:12, 14, and 16: “No one should despise your youth; instead, you should be an example to the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity. Do not neglect the gift that is in you; it was given to you through prophecy. Be conscientious about yourself and your teaching; persevere in these things, for by doing this you will save both yourself and your hearers.” 2 Tm 1:7: “For God has not given us a spirit of fearfulness, but one of power, love, and sound judgment.” In regards to this verse Quarles pointed out that, “Paul encouraged strength and confidence in God, since cowardice before nonbelievers thwart gospel witness.” 2 Tm 2:22: “Flee from youthful passions, and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.”

1 Tm 6:6-11: “But godliness with contentment is a great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with these. But those who want to be rich fall into temptation, a trap, and many foolish and harmful desires, which plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, and by craving it, some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pains. Now you, man of God, run from these things; but pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, and gentleness.” By living a modest lifestyle, we will be more content with our lives in the long run and be able to aid more people who are deficient of basic needs. 2 Tm 2:1, 3-4: “You, therefore, my child, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. To please the recruiter, no one serving as a soldier gets entangled in the concerns of everyday life.”

2 Tm 2:11-13: “This saying is trustworthy: For if we have died with Him, we will also live with Him; if we endure, we will also reign with Him; if we deny Him, He will also deny us; if we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself.” God remains faithful even when we do not. If we feel as if we are losing our joy and hope seems lost and start going down in spiral motion of being disloyal, God will always be there waiting for us to turn back to Him so that He may restore our hope and joy. Our treasure is where our heart is. If our heart focuses on this world, then it becomes untrue. Paul instructs us in 2 Tm 3:14-15: “But as for you, continue in what you have learned and firmly believed, knowing those from whom you learned, and that from childhood you have known the sacred Scriptures, which are able to instruct you for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.”

Ti 2:11-14: “For the grace of God has appeared, with salvation for all people, instructing us to deny godlessness and worldly lusts and to live in a sensible, righteous, and godly way in the present age, while we wait for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ. He gave Himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to cleanse for Himself a special people, eager to do good works.” Quarles commented in regards to these verses that, “The New Testament uniformly teaches that although good works are not a requirement for salvation, they are an inevitable result of salvation. The same gospel that saved sinners like Paul, transformed them morally and ethically. Titus 3 further insists on the importance of good works as true faith’s necessary expression.”

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