Having Eyes That See Truth

Aaron Cordeiro

"Even one of their own men, a prophet from Crete, has said about them, "The people of Crete are all liars, cruel animals, and lazy gluttons."[e] This is true. So reprimand them sternly to make them strong in the faith. They must stop listening to Jewish myths and the commands of people who have turned away from the truth." (Titus 1:12-14)
I've learned much from Paul the apostle this morning about seeing life objectively, while still keeping a gracious heart with people. Paul is instructing Titus a young leader on how to develop eyes that see truth while being careful not compromise his leadership. He did this through teaching him about false teachers and prophets. Among the Cretian church there were false prophets that would lead only to gain things for themselves rather than advance the church. These prophets who were false said "the people of Crete are liars, cruel, and lazy!" As Paul is speaking about these prophets I could see how a young leader like Titus or myself would start disiking them already. How dare them say all these harsh things about these people...

Then Paul does it. Instead of saying how dare them! He says this statement is true! So reprimand them sternly to make them strong in the faith. You see the Crete church was listening to Jewish myths, and listening to people who have turned away from the truth. Once you start to do this, you will be susceptible to lying, cruelty, and laziness. Though this is a harsh statement made by Paul he was able to pick out the truth, and see the situation objectively. I see why it is so important to call certain things as they are, so that it will make people strong in the faith. But how do you do this with out becoming one of these false prophet type people, who are rebellious, and engage in useless talks, and theological debates. I want to look at life objectively not just live let live, at the same time administering enough grace needed.

"Titus 1:15-16 Says)

"Everything is pure to those whose hearts are pure. But nothing is pure to those who are corrupt and unbelieving, because their minds and consciences are corrupted. Such people claim they know God, but they deny him by the way they live. They are detestable and disobedient, worthless for doing anything good."
A pure heart really goes along way especially for young leaders. It will enable me see life objectively calling truth, truth. With a pure heart I will be able lead by truth with confidence, at the same time loving the people instead of hardening my heart towards people.
Heavenly Father,

I pray that you would teach me what you taught Paul, and what he is teaching Titus this morning. I will work really hard at keeping my heart pure, as I look for truth and strengthen the Church in Faith.

Devotions for December 09

1 Timothy 5,6
Titus 1,2,3

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