“To Speak Evil Of No Man” ( Titus 3: 2, KJV ) by Carley Evans

Paul tells Titus “to obey magistrates” and to “be ready to every good work.” (Titus 3:1) He also tells him “to speak evil of no man.” Instead Paul calls Titus to “show all meekness unto all men.”

Therefore, authority must be respected. Work must be completed with excellence. Gentleness and humility must be the standard of each day, and we must not speak evil of anyone. Paul encourages these behaviors by reminding Titus and us that “we ourselves also were once foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving various lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another.” (Titus 3:3) But — and this is a huge ‘however’ —  due to “the kindness and love of God” we are washed by “regeneration” and renewed “of the Holy Spirit.” (Titus 3:5) We are “justified by His grace,” and “made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.” (Titus 3:7)

Because we are regenerated, justified, renewed and heirs of eternal life — we are called to be merciful and gentle. How can we be anything but kind to others? We ourselves are the recipients of the undeserved and incredible kindness of God Himself. How can we behave in any other manner than the one Paul commends to us?

“A Father’s Good Gift” (Ephesians 6: 4, KJV) by Carley Evans

Fathers, do not exasperate your kids – “provoke not your children to wrath.” Rather, raise your children to know the Lord, primarily by teaching them the Word and setting an example for them to follow. Do not lie to your sons and daughters, but tell them the truth in love. Be gentle with them as they have tender spirits. Do not subdue them to the point where they are incapable of expressing themselves, but allow them room to speak their minds.

Since masters are not to threaten, surely fathers are not to threaten their children.

Granted, spare discipline and you will regret the result. Solomon promises that if you “train up a child in the way he should go…when he is old, he will not depart from it.” (Proverbs 22: 6)

Jesus recognizes that fathers are good to their children — that fathers have a natural inclination to love and protect their children. Fathers do not give evil to their sons and daughters when good is requested. Instead, a father gives the good gift — knowledge of the Lord.