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Titus 3:1-8

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Live like this publicly because 1) your memory should make you empathetic, 2) because of what God has done in rescuing you, and 3) because it is excellent and profitable.

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In the Bible the just are those who are willing to disadvantage themselves to advantage the community. The unjust are willing to disadvantage the community to advantage themselves.
— Bruce Waltke
Therefore, it is unrighteousness to not feed the poor when you have the power to do so, to take so much income out of your business that your own employees are paid poorly, or to be too busy with your own concerns to look in on your elderly neighbors…[We ask] What would be the best thing for our city that everybody would benefit? Maybe to make the public schools better. Okay, then that’s something we care about. That’s what we’re talking about here. The passion that Christian hope creates, the blessed hope makes you a people eager to do good, to work for the common good.
— Tim Keller
How are believers to relate to unbelievers? Negatively we are to slander no-one and to be peaceable. Positively, we are to be … considerate, and to show true humility towards all men (2b).

This is crucial for our cultural moment. Our culture doesn’t know how to disagree without viewing it as a personal, hateful, bigoted attack. Also, Christians have failed at this.

Christians should be good citizens who respect those in authority,
who are law-abiding and proactively looking to do whatever is good, just, and upright; and who, in relation to those among whom they live, aren’t constantly antagonistic but looking to be gentle and courteous to all people.
— Pastor Nick
A threefold set of evils is here described. The first set consists of the evils of the mind: “We were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived.” We were foolish. We thought we knew, and therefore we did not learn. We said, “We see,” and therefore we were blind, and would not come to Jesus for sight. We thought we knew better than God; for our foolish heart was darkened, and we imagined ourselves to be better judges of what was good for us than the Lord our God. We refused heavenly warnings because we dreamed that sin was pleasant and profitable. We rejected divine truth because we did not care to be taught, and disdained the lowly position of a disciple sitting at Jesus’ feet. Our pride proved our folly. What lying things we tried to believe! We put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter; darkness for light, and light for darkness. In thought, desire, language, and action “we were sometimes foolish.” Some of us were manifestly foolish, for we rushed headlong into sins which injured us, and have left that in our bones which years have not been sufficient to remove. Every lover of vice is a fool writ large. O my brother, I suppose you have no photograph of yourself as you used to be; but if you have, take it down, and study it, and bless God that he has made you to differ so greatly from your former self!
— C. H. Spurgeon, “The Maintenance of Good Works”
Eyes that have wept over our own sin will always be most ready to weep over the sins of others. If you have judged yourselves with candour, you will not judge others with severity. You will be more ready to pity than to condemn, more anxious to hide a multitude of sins than to punish a single sinner.
— C. H. Spurgeon, “The Maintenance of Good Works”