๐Ÿ‘‘ Conduct Unbecoming a Christian

โ€œโ€ฆspeak thou the things which become sound doctrineโ€ (Titus 2:1).

The word โ€œbecomeโ€ here meansย fittingย orย appropriate. Even if you never served in the military, you have probably heard that if an officer misbehaves he can be charged with โ€œconduct unbecoming an officer.โ€ That serious charge is levied against an officer who has not been conducting himself in a manner that is fitting or appropriate for his rank and position.

And the wordย becomeย is used that way in Scripture as well. Paul told the Romans,

โ€œI commend unto you Phebeโ€ฆa servant of the church which is at Cenchreaโ€ฆreceive her in the Lord,ย as becometh saints,ย andโ€ฆassist her in whatsoever business she hath need of youโ€ฆโ€ (Rom. 16:1,2).

The reason Paul had toย tellย the Romans to receive a sister in Christ was that women in those days were not always well received in Roman society. That is, they werenโ€™t always as welcomed as a man would be. But Paul says toย notย receive a sister like Phebe would constitute conduct unbecoming a saint of God.

By the way, this is one of many examples in Scripture that show how those who say that Christianity puts women down are wrong. Christianityย lifts women up, as you can see from Paulโ€™s words here, and from the words found in many other places in Scripture as well. If you want a religion that puts women down, and teaches that it is okay to mistreat them, look to Islam, not Christianity.

Of course, having said that, there are Christian men who mistreat women as well, and Paul says that behavior like that isnโ€™t very becoming to men who claim to be saints of God.

The word โ€œbecomingโ€ย alsoย meansย to make someone look good.ย A husband might say to his wife, โ€œThat dress is very becoming on you.โ€ At least thatโ€™s what he says if he knows whatโ€™s good for him, right ladies? But what he means when he says that is that the dress makes his wife look good.

And the Bible uses the word that way as well. Paul told the Philippians,

โ€œโ€ฆlet your conversation beย as it becometh the gospelโ€ (Phil. 1:27).

Two of the Philippian women were feuding like the Hatfields and the McCoys (Phil. 4:2), and Paulโ€™s admonition for the church to be โ€œof one accordโ€ (Phil. 2:2) suggests that some in the church were siding with Eudoias and some with Syntyche. As far as God is concerned, thatโ€™s conduct that is unbecoming to the gospel! They were making the gospel look bad in the eyes of the lost sinners in Philippi, not good.

So when Paul tells Titus to speak the things which become sound doctrine, he was telling him to speak to believers and tell them how to act in a way that was fitting for someone who embraces the sound doctrine found in Paulโ€™s epistles. He then went on to tell โ€œaged menโ€ how to do that (Titus 2:2), โ€œaged womenโ€ (2:3), โ€œyoung womenโ€ (2:4), as well as โ€œyoung menโ€ (2:6), and even โ€œservantsโ€ (2:9).

Beloved, no matter what your age, gender, or position in life, itโ€™s not enough just toย believeย sound doctrine, and itโ€™s not enough just toย teachย it. God wants us to live sound doctrineโ€“live it in such a way thatย makes sound doctrine look good.ย If thatโ€™s the burden of your heart, why not make it the prayer of your heart?

Youโ€™ll be eternally glad you did. source

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