First Man & Woman

Can There Be Peace?

“This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that
thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed
in God might be careful to maintain good works.
These things are good and profitable unto me.”   Titus 3:8.

All humans struggle with a conflict within each of us. A times there will be a war in us that comes to us and as a result we then do and act out foolish performances. What we say to ourselves is we desire peace but the problem arises when the real situation is the peace must be on our terms.

Actually the struggle commenced in the Garden of Eden when Eve took the fruit and ate it on her terms. She would not and did not want to listen to the instructions that God had said. Genesis 3:6 tells us what the woman did.

“And when the woman saw that the tree was good
for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and
a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of
the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto
her husband with her; and he did eat.”

This states the downfall of all mankind. The conflict exists at this very moment that yes we want peace and tranquility but it must always be on our terms never on the rules and commands which God has said. The results will be judgment of Jehovah God.

You should understand this conflict is called sin. Yes, your writer knows there are other names this world gives the conflict other than sin. Here are some of the terms and words given out by non-Christian people:

Misunderstanding
• Sordid background
• Improper training
• Environment
• Lack of education
• Morals are different

All of these problems. Are. In fact. A Lie.

Every four years there is a form of insanity that infects the people of the United States. It has a name: Presidential Election. The party not in power states that those in control are ignorant fools. The truth is not debatable they are ignorant fools. However, when examining the remarks and solutions set out by the people on the outside of the political structure one can only come to the obvious conclusion these outsiders are bigger fools. In many cases have contributed to the overall problems. This includes all parties, Democrats, Republicans, and others.

Put in Bible terms the sin is on all of the groups. There is no excuse for this. In this part of Texas the key word is conservative. “Conservative” must be in all election ads or some implied connotation. When returning to Washington and/or Austin it is still the same. Never say what you mean, and never mean what you say.

This was the trick that the serpent, Satan, used on Eve. It is still the dominant force. Christianity says otherwise. When caught then lie is a human trait.

Recently there has been a discussion on 28 pages which were left out of the report on 9/11 by the government. From what has been written the Saudis was part of the plot. These Muslims have a history of hating Christians. Only a naive person thinks these people are our friends.


RULE TO FOLLOW

Paul knew about politics so what he suggested in order to keep peace was as much as possible obey the laws where you live and reside. This should help maintain peace in that place. Even though we may not like the rules that are imposed upon us our obligations are to follow them. This is set out in Titus 3:1.

“Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and
powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every
good work.”

This means that even though we are in disagreement with the interpretation of the law it is to be followed.

The American Revolution leaders had a struggle with this idea. The preachers in the colonies debated this issue. Do we have the right to rebel? Finally the solution was found. It is that when the powers, principalities and magistrates are disobeying God’s law. Then it is a given right to mutiny against the government. Truthfully, this nation is fast in approaching that event. An insurrection may come upon us. Evil may find the judgment of God has arrived.

The following are areas that could bring this about:

Taxation
• Bureaucracy 
• Abortion
• Non punishment of sin
• Corruption at lower levels
• Refusal to prosecute crimes
• Weak military
• Accumulation of wealth

We are to obey the law until it is a burden.


TODAY’S ACTS

Until God informs us to do otherwise here are some ways we Christians are to live in peace. These are difficult rules to follow but still this is God’s direction at this time.

In these verses in Titus 3:2-4 these are our instructions:

“To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle,
shewing all meekness unto all men.
For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish,
disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and
pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and
hating one another.
But after that the kindness and love of God our
saviour toward man appeared.”

One is very simple. Keep your mouth shut about tales and gossip. Do not start complaining about the actions of other people. Verbal fights and physical violence are easy to commence. Our words are to be simple and truthful. Admittedly this is not easy to follow. It does not take a rocket scientist to figure this out.

Paul states a given fact that comes to us very clear and it was written about the conflict that is within each of us humans. In a brief statement sinners know how stupid we have been in the past. There was a long list which sets out our past ignorance. There is no person who can deny how simple we have been. If you are honest it is self-evident what your thoughts and actions have been. I am a sinner; you are a sinner. The world tries to change the guilt upon us by creating pleasure, accumulation of authority as well as money. None of these can change the reality that sin within exist.

As always God offers a solution. In this it is acts of kindness and showing a deep love to God. Christians will read and act upon these instructions.


MOTIVATION

All of our acts are to be brought about not by bloating our accomplishments but we should understand it was his compassion, mercy, and yearning. God does not owe me anything but to the contrary the debt is mine. He actually sent his Spirit to help us in the process.

Here is what Titus 3:5 states:

“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.”
Once we have become new then the spirit arrives when there is a new you.


NO GUILT

The conflicts which we perpetuate in our bodies now have been released it is no more. The burdens of guilt which have been buried upon each one of us no longer is we accept Christ. This took place at Calvary on the cross.

This has been called God’s grace. Each one of us did not merit the gift but the Lord did give this to each one of us under certain conditions and the new covenant.

Paul addresses this in Titus 3:6-7.

“Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ
our saviour;
that being justified by his grace, we should be made
heirs according to the hope of eternal life.”

Paul would take a theme and sometimes use it again such as in Romans 8:23.

“And not only they, but ourselves also, which
have the first-fruits of the spirit, even we
ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for
the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.”

Our expectation is to be with Christ because this internal conflict has now been settled.

FUTURE TROUBLES

There are two areas of thought that men delight in arguing about: politics and religion. Unless the discussion takes place as a one on one then it is a waste of time and energy to start is useless.

In this political environment people’s feelings are raw. There have been four Presidents assassinated- Lincoln, Garfield, McKinley, and Kennedy. These acts of violence did little or nothing for the benefit of the nation. The death of Garfield and McKinley made no sense. The death of Lincoln was without any semblance of reason. Kennedy did have his enemies but the way it was carried out was absurd. All of these were first discussed by a group. Be careful how you talk about people. The end of this is not always death. When we involve ourselves in contentions then we Christians must be careful what is said and how the remarks are structured.

Paul covers this in Titus 3:8-1:

“Wherefore, though I might be much bold in
Christ to enjoin thee that which is convenient,
Yet for love’s sake I rather beseech thee, being
such an one as Paul the aged, and now also a
prisoner of Jesus Christ.
I beseech thee for my son Ones’i-mus, whom
I have begotten in my bonds:
Which in time past was to thee unprofitable,
But now profitable to thee and to me:”

Paul even goes further in an admonition two times but he says afterward. Then leave this man alone. He is an unbeliever or skeptic.

CONCLUSION

When we examine the life of Paul it appears he had the capacity to draw men to be followers of Jesus Christ but also to have them travel with him but also he sends them forth as missionaries and supporters of the Gospel of Jesus in this chapter of Titus 3:12-13 there are names who followed Paul’s direction.

“When I shall send Artemas unto thee, or Tych’i-cus,
be diligent to come unto me to Ni-cop’o-lis: for I have
determined there to winter.
Bring Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their journey
diligently, that nothing be wanting unto them.”
Paul laid out the ground rules for keeping the peace not only among the churches but common in that` chaotic world.
Let us take seriously what has been written for peace. Again Paul says it again in Titus 3:14:

“And let ours also learn to maintain good works for
necessary uses, that they be not unfruitful.”

Some have said Hitler won WWII. His army was defeated. His philosophy rules. It is do what is necessary to win: Paul said that is not the way.

KEEP THE FAITH!

 

JESUS, SAVIOR PILOT ME

Jesus, Savior, pilot me
Over life’s tempestuous sea;
Unknown waves before me roll,
Hiding rock and treacherous shoal.
Chart and compass come from Thee:
Jesus, Savior, pilot me.

As a mother stills her child,
Thou canst hush the ocean wild;
Boisterous waves obey Thy will
When Thou say’st to them, “Be still!”
Wondrous Sovereign of the sea,
Jesus, Savior, pilot me.

When at last I near the shore,
And the fearful breakers roar
‘Twixt me and the peaceful rest,
Then, while leaning on Thy breast,
May I hear Thee say to me,
“Fear not, I will pilot thee.”

 

Gerald K. Fugit
Diggingoldwells.com
April 17, 2016

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