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Titus

Remind the believers to be subject to rulers and authorities, to obey them, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to be peaceable, gentle, and always considerate to all people. For we too were once foolish, disobedient, deceived, captive to various passions and desires, living in malice and envy, hated by and hating one another. But when God our Savior’s kindness and love for mankind appeared, He saved us not because of upright works which we had done but because of His mercy, through the washing of rebirth and renewal of holy spirit. This spirit He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Messiah our Savior, so that being made right by His grace, we become heirs with the hope of the Life of the Age to Come. This saying is trustworthy. And I want you to emphasize these things, so that those who have believed God may be careful to devote themselves to good works. These things are excellent and profitable for everyone. But avoid stupid controversies, genealogies, quarrels and disputes about the Law, because they are unprofitable and worthless. Reject a divisive person after a first and second warning, knowing that such a person is corrupted and sinning, and stands self-condemned. When I send Artemas or Tychicus to you, make every effort to come to me in Nicopolis, because I decided to spend the winter there. Do whatever you can to provide for Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their journey, so they have everything they need. Let our people learn to engage in good work in order to provide for urgent need, so that they will not be unfruitful. All those who are with me send their greetings. Greet those who love us in the faith. Grace be with all of you.

Titus