LOVING WHAT IS GOOD by Bishop Dr. J. Akin Atere

Theme: LOVING WHAT IS GOOD

Text: TITUS 1:8

“But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate”

Apostle Paul in his letter to Titus showed that he did not oppose the observance of the Mosaic Law but it should not be the determinant of their position with God. Accepting Jesus as Lord and Saviour, and doing His will is not an option.

From our topic: “Loving What is Good.” It is pertinent to taker a close study of the two key words, “loving” and “good”.

Loving: Expressing a large amount of love to other people. It also refers to being passionate or affectionate about someone. It is LOVE in the present continuous form.

Good: Having positive or ethical qualities. Other synonyms of GOOD are ‘satisfactory’, ‘not bad’, ‘all right’, and ‘decent’.

Titus was a gentile, converted to Christianity. He later became an assistant to Apostle Paul in his missionary activities.  This letter was written by Apostle Paul and addressed to Titus, who was left in Crete to Oversee the Church there. The letter addresses three major concerns. The first is that Titus should be mindful of the kind of character expected of the Church, as opposed to the bad character of the Cretans. Secondly, Titus was admonished on how to teach  different categories of people in the Church, Lastly, Titus was advised on Christian conduct in respect to the needs to be  peaceful and friendly; eschew hatred, argument, and division in the Church. Being good, hospitable and charitable are Christian virtues and qualities anticipated of a true Christian.

Need to be Good:

Act of benevolence is a standard Apostle Paul meant by ‘maintaining good Christian conduct’ Being friendly and peaceful are not negotiable for any Christian according to  the writer of the letter. What is the good thing a Christian must love? These are listed in Galatians 5:22-23.

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.”

They are also referred to as Fruits of the Spirit. They include love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance. Love is required most for a good Christian living. Without the fruits of the Spirit, Christians cannot coexist peaceably. Titus is advised to be a lover of good men . Good men in this regard refer to those who genuinely belong to the household of God.

Conclusion:

We as Christians are to love one another and be good, it is not an option to be brotherly to one another. In Revelation 3:7 ff, the Church at Philadelphia was vindicated because of the love of the brethren that existed among them. They were good to one another in all things. That is how the Church started originally in Acts 2:43-47

“And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles. And all that believed were together, and had all things common;  And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need. And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.”

It is therefore expedient for us to love one another without hatred and discrimination. The Church can only thrive in a peaceful atmosphere. It is the duty of everyone of us to teach the Church to be lover of good things.