Titus 1: 15-16
I am deeply troubled by today’s text. Something deep down in my soul hurts. It speaks of two kinds of people. They are separated by acceptance or denial of Jesus Christ as their Savior. The pure – believing, and the defiled – unbelieving. Why am I troubled? Because v.16 speaks about the defiled – the unbelieving. It says “they profess to know God, but deny Him by their works”. The word “profess” here means “to declare openly”. These are people who say they know God, but do not… On the outside, they look ok. With their words, they seem ok. They are NOT ok. They are going to die, and go to Hell for eternity! Saying I am deeply troubled, is an understatement. Could it be that our American churches contain some of these people? Just the thought brings an ache to my heart, and tears to my eyes.
What about me? Do my words on Sunday morning, match up with my actions on Monday morning? What about you? Do your words on Sunday morning match your life on Monday?
Father, we need you today. Would you examine my heart today, and help me to see anything in me that is deceptive, anything that is defiled, and help me to root it out so I can be pleasing to you, and so I can be used for good work to give you glory. And would you do the same for my friends today. Thank you for Jesus, who took my sin away.
Verse 15 To the pure, all things are pure, but to the defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure; but both their minds and their consciences are defiled. 16. They profess to know God, but they deny him by their works. They are detestable, disobedient, unfit for any good work.