The purpose of a rebuke

Titus Bible Background

10.31.2014 New Testament: Tts 1.12–14

To read the Bible in a year, read Titus 1 on October 31, In the year of our Lord 2014

By Don Ruhl

We should not rebuke out of hate, and when rebuked, we should not see it as an expression of hate, but rebuking should be done to bring a person back into the right way, such as back into soundness in the faith. As Paul told Titus,

One of them, a prophet of their own, said, “Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons.” This testimony is true. Therefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith, not giving heed to Jewish fables and commandments of men who turn from the truth (Titus 1.12–14). 

Titus dealt with particular problems on the Island of Crete, and Paul told the young preacher how to deal with those situations.

For all of us, we need to know that soundness in the faith is what matters, not listening to the commandments of men.

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