Paul, the apostle, is writing to his friend, Titus, giving Titus perspective on what our identity is as well as some practical for living a life as a Christ follower...
...sometimes, Paul wasn't all that warm & fuzzy
1 Remind the believers to submit to the government and its officers.
They should be obedient,
always ready to do what is good.
2 They must not slander anyone and must avoid quarreling.
Instead, they should be gentle and show true humility to everyone.
we, too, were foolish and disobedient.
We were misled and became slaves
to many lusts and pleasures.
Our lives were full of evil and envy,
we hated each other.
4 But—"When God our Savior revealed his kindness and love,
not because of the righteous things we had done,
of his mercy.
He washed away our sins,
giving us a new birth
life through the Holy Spirit.
6 He generously poured out the Spirit upon us through Jesus Christ our Savior.
7 Because of his grace he declared us righteous
and gave us confidence that we will inherit eternal life.
is a trustworthy saying,
and I want you to insist on these teachings
that all who trust in God will devote themselves to doing good.
teachings are good and beneficial for everyone.
not get involved in foolish discussions about spiritual pedigrees
in quarrels and fights about obedience to Jewish laws.
These things are
useless and a waste of time.
10 If people are causing divisions among you,
give a first and second warning.
After that, have nothing more to do with them.
11 For people like that have turned away from the truth,
and their own sins condemn them.