Titus 3: 2-7
2 To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men.
3 For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another.
4 But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared,
5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;6 Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;
7 That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
This passage speaks heavily to us. It is a reminder to help us refrain from becoming self-righteous, beside ourselves, or a bit uppity. As we continue to devote ourselves to God and make every effort to serve Him we become stronger in our walk in righteousness. Now there is absolutely nothing wrong with that, in choosing to walk with God we are required to continue to grow, continue to get stronger, and continue to present ourselves acceptable and holy. In order to do this we need to strive, pray, fast and stay in His word in order to get to the point of deliverance; the point where God leads us out of traps of sin and we become fully delivered (meaning that no matter how strong the temptation is we will choose the right path that is according to God's way).
Once again, there is nothing wrong with seeking and reaching that point, however; the problem comes by us reaching this point and becoming reserved or withdrawn from people. We draw back from people around us who have not found the road map out of their traps of sin. The interesting thing is that some of these people are the very same people that we were stuck in the same mess with. With that, I want to make this clear that it is very important and crucial to monitor the people that we allow to be part of our lives, especially in our walk with God. While in the same notion we have to be careful not to turn our noses up or talk down to people that are stuck in the same mess we were once in. If anything, we should be more sensitive and more compassionate towards them. Having a driven fire to introduce them to God, their road map out of whatever situation they are victim too. Even being delivered from something, we are still dealing with something else; we are in a constant battle with our flesh and do not have any right to talk down to one another.
"…we have a responsibility to divorce them from death and introduce them to Life."
This is a dangerous characteristic to portray because this can lead to the discouragement of more and more souls coming to Christ. Titus chapter 3 reminds us that we were once in that very same mess; searching, praying, begging God for deliverance and then once we have received that deliverance and have walked the straight line for a while; we develop the nerve to act reserved and judgmental towards other lost souls. Another dangerous aspect is this change starts in the subconscious of our mind; making it is necessary for us to renew our mind by staying in prayer and staying in the word of God our daily bread. In doing so we will have a constant reminder each day that whatever point we have reached it is only by the love, mercy, and grace that God has imparted to us. If we do not keep our subconscious under control it becomes easy for that ungodly spirit and character trait to manifest. We have a divine responsibility to reach back to help and encourage people to seek after God. To be a witness that God did it for us and He will surely do it for them to. We have a responsibility to reach out to them and introduce them to joy, strength, prosperity, peace that surpass all understanding, abundance, healing, comfort….we have a responsibility to divorce them from death and introduce them to Life. So let's try to reach out to our peers and our youth and encourage them not refrain from being judgmental.
"For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another."---Titus 3:3
God Bless and as always BE ENCOURAGED!!!