7Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity, 8and sound speech that cannot be condemned, so that an opponent may be put to shame, having nothing evil to say about us. – Titus 2:7-8
More from Titus today because I really am enjoying the teaching that Paul has for us in this book. I find this instruction from Paul to be very challenging to me personally. I get into discussions with people and have people who say bad things about me and my first instinct is to retaliate in kind and attempt to put the other person to shame myself with my own wit or sarcasm or intellect. The path that Paul is suggesting is a much different course however. He admonishes us to be a model of good works, which is another way of saying we should follow God’s commandments. He says to let our life be our proof if you will and to back it up with sound speech, i.e. truth from God’s Word and not our own conjectures, and this will give others nothing to “grab on to” when it comes to speaking about us. May our life and speech, today and every day, be so seasoned with grace and truth that no one can speak evil of us.