๐Ÿ‘‘ Striking Faith and Charity

In Paulโ€™s epistle to Titus, he gives some instructions for โ€œaged menโ€ that contain good advice for believers of all ages, saying,

โ€œThat the aged men beโ€ฆ sound in faith, in charityโ€ฆโ€ (Titus 2:2).

The word โ€œsoundโ€ meansย strong, healthyย andย wholesomeย (cf. Isa. 1:5,6), and all of Godโ€™s people should aspire to be sound in the virtues Paul mentions here. But that can be difficult when things in life arise thatย testย our faith andย challengeย our charity.

The word โ€œfaithโ€ here meansย faithfulness,ย as it does when Paul talked about โ€œthe faith of Godโ€ (Rom. 3:3). If you want to know the strength of your faithfulness to the Lord, all you have to do is wait for something in life toย strike youย while faithfully serving Him to see if you willย continueย to serve Him, or fold like a house of cards. When life strikes some Christians they respond with something that sounds more like aย clunkย than aย ping.ย Some even make sounds such as you might hear at the Wailing Wall! But when life strikes others,ย their faith rings true.ย Does yours?

Now theย reasonย Paul told โ€œaged menโ€ to be sound in faith and charity is that these are โ€œthe things which become sound doctrineโ€ (Titus 2:1). Itโ€™s not very becoming for a believer to profess sound doctrine andย notย be sound in these virtues. Others are watching to see if the doctrine that we say isย soundย doctrine actually works in our lives, and we dare not let them down.

Do you always live in ways that are becoming to the sound doctrine found in Paulโ€™s epistles that we hold dear? Can it be said of you that you never do anything to embarrass the name of the Lord? If not, donโ€™t wait until you are aged to start faithfully honoring His name. Start now. source

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