Titus 2:8

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

…sound speech that cannot be condemned, that one who is an opponent may be ashamed, having nothing evil to say of you. Titus 2:8

Paul’s words of exhortation to Titus, which are so that he can be an example to the younger men, continue here. He admonishes him that in doctrine he is to show “sound speech that cannot be condemned.”

The word translated as “sound” is hugiés. It gives the sense of wholesome or healthy. It is the basis for our modern word “hygiene.” The words of Titus were to always be that which would be beneficial. This would include both private conversations as well as his public speaking. Those to whom he spoke should be invigorated and built up by the words which he uttered. In this, his words would not “be condemned.”

The thought is that nothing could be spoken against what he said, as if he were to be blamed as a corrupting influence. Paul alludes to this type of thought in Ephesians 5:4 where he mentions filthiness, foolish talking, and coarse jesting, “which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks.”

He then next gives the reason for this with the words, “that one who is an opponent may be ashamed.” An opponent of the gospel will search for its weaknesses as found in those who proclaim it. If a pastor or a preacher is found to violate his office by having an affair, an opponent will take pride in heralding this as a failure of the individual. The same is true with an elder’s speech. When he speaks that which is not wholesome and uplifting, it will be a point by which the opponent can boast over him. However, in always being circumspect in his words, Paul tells Titus that this will not be a point of boasting. He will instead be “ashamed, having nothing evil to be spoken of you.”

A person who is morally upright, and whose words are wholesome and pure may be attacked in various ways, but his conduct and speech will not be a part of it. One can think of the attacks against various Christian politicians. They may be the brunt of attacks, but those attacks are often empty. There is no basis for them, and those who make them are the ones who wind up looking foolish. This is the thought that Paul conveys to Titus, and thus to all who enter the ministry.

Life application: The world is watching. It is evaluating the ministers, preachers, and missionaries of the gospel. The judgments of the people concerning the gospel will be based upon the words and actions of those whose duty it is to spread it. It is therefore necessary for those so appointed to always guard their actions and their tongues.

Gracious, merciful, and exalted God! How good it is to know that You are there watching over us. You watch over a billion galaxies and more, and yet You also carefully watch over Your people here on earth. It is amazing to know that we can reach out to You because of Christ Jesus, and we can open our hearts to You in times of joy and in times of need. Thank You for such close attention to us! All glory to Your name. Amen.

4 thoughts on “Titus 2:8

  • Wednesday, June 13th, 2018 at 9:45 am

    We all fall under the scrutiny of the secular world! The moment we say we are Christians the microscopes and magnifying glasses come out looking for any flaw in our make up or message. Any opertunity to shame us or to accuse us of the lies of Satan. May the lord keep us strong and true to his word in all that we do. Oh for that day when we are finally home with Jesus, where common sense, truth and honor will be valued again, where love for our brothers and sisters in Christ will Fill us with so much joy and love it will be beyond amazing. Each day beings us another day closer to home Amen

    Grace Mercy and Peace on you and yours
    God bless my friend(s)

  • Wednesday, June 13th, 2018 at 1:09 pm

    BLESS GOD PRAISE JESUS! You are right Gordon ,the world is hypercritical of us a lot of the time ,, me though, I don’t have a hard time of either1 convincing them that in fact GOD is real through logic and factual evidences, or 2 that I myself am so convinced that any effort to dissuade me would be pointless . And thanks to studying with you , Charlie and the superior word , my resolve and my knowledge increases day by day! And I hope that one day I’ll be able to convince a brick wall into accepting Christ !

  • Wednesday, June 13th, 2018 at 4:57 pm

    I was listening to Rush today. Same thought, but from a political standpoint. The libs are out there saying Trump disrespected the US because they had the NK flag the same height as the US flag. When did they ever start caring about the flag? They burn it, use it in “artwork” with poo on it, they refuse to stand for it, and applaud those who don’t. Obumr had the cuban flag at the same level as ours, and they have done nothing to earn that right. At least little rocket man is willing to get down to the grit of his nukes. The world, both secular and about Christians, is so hypocritical.

  • Wednesday, June 13th, 2018 at 5:06 pm

    LOL I hear ya Sean I have left a lot of brain matter on the brick walls around me and yet I would happily deposit more on those bricks if there was just a thread of hope that they would come to Jesus. The only thing I can do is live by example for them and pray they notice and want the good things i have in Christ.


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