Monday, February 03, 2014

Marsha's Musings: Good Works Are Learned (Titus 3:12-15 KJV)

When I shall send Artemas unto thee, or Tychicus, be diligent to come unto me to Nicopolis: for I have determined there to winter. Bring Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their journey diligently, that nothing be wanting unto them. And let ours also learn to maintain good works for necessary uses, that they be not unfruitful. All that are with me salute thee. Greet them that love us in the faith. Grace be with you all. Amen. (Titus 3:12-15 KJV)

Paul closes his letter by giving instructions concerning certain people and then ending with a salutation. 

Tucked between these two, he urges that the Christians learn to maintain good works so that they will not be unfruitful.  

Good works...those that come from a heart and conscience toward God...must be learned.  They don't come naturally. Our natural tendancy is to do good works from a selfish motive to bring attention to and praise ourselves. So this is significant to me that Paul says they are to "learn" to maintain good works.

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