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.
3 Once 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, and we hated each other. 4 But—
When God our Savior revealed his kindness and love, 5 he saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit.[a] 6 He generously poured out the Spirit upon us through Jesus Christ our Savior.7 Because of his grace he made us right in his sight and gave us confidence that we will inherit eternal life.
8 This is a trustworthy saying, and I want you to insist on these teachings so that all who trust in God will devote themselves to doing good. These teachings are good and beneficial for everyone.
9 Do not get involved in foolish discussions about spiritual pedigrees[b] or 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. Titus 3:1-11
The apostle Paul declares that we are to submit to those in governing authority. It is God who raises up kings and tears them down. We are called to be gentle and do all things in love. We are called to pray for those in leadership. This world is not our home and because of this we are only here for a very short period of time. Our focus must be upon the Lord and His kingdom. We shall rule and reign with Him someday.
All of us at one time were steeped and wickedness and sin. All of us are born into sin and we must never forget that we are saved and redeemed simply because of the grace and mercy of Almighty God. He chose to save us because of His love for us. He chose to lavish His grace upon us. This truth alone should guard our hearts from arrogance and pride.
Our lives should be impacted by the truth of God’s word. When our lives are built upon sound doctrines the decisions we make and the way we live our lives will bring glory and honor to the Lord. When we come to Christ our lives no longer belong to us. They belong to Him and should simply be lived for His glory and His honor.
We are to guard against false teaching and those who merely desire to cause division in the body of Christ. Sometimes there are those who have wicked intentions and we must discern through the Holy Spirit the motives of a person. As we walk closely with the Lord through His word and prayer we will become sensitive to the leading and guidance of the Holy Spirit.