Titus 3:1-2 ” Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good, to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and to show true humility towards all men.”

Paul packed a lot into these two verses for Titus to challenge the Churches in Crete.  Titus was facing opposition and insubordination within the Churches and Paul was encouraging him to exercise his authority with firmness.  But Paul also threw in a unusual Greek word…humility.  Now the English translation for humility usually means weakness, meekness, or lowliness but not here.  For the Greek word for humility according to Aristotle is the middle ground between two extremes…getting angry without reason, and not getting angry at all.  It’s getting angry at the right time, in the right measure, for the right reason.  This type of humility is more a condition of the mind and heart which demonstrates gentleness not in weakness but in power.  Thus, it’s a balance, build on strength of character, gleaned from God’s grace, as we learn to emulate Him to our fellow man.

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