Positive Attributes for Believers-Titus 1:8-9

Titus 1:8-9 “Rather he must be hospitable, one who loves what is good, who is self-controlled, upright, holy and disciplined. 9 He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it.”

Tito 1:8-9 “ma ospitale, amante del bene, assennato, giusto, santo, temperante, 9 attaccato alla parola sicura, così come è stata insegnata, per essere in grado di esortare secondo la sana dottrina e di convincere quelli che contraddicono.”


     As verse 7 lists seven warnings to leaders (actually to all believers), verses 8-9 counter with eight positive attributes. These are not in order of importance but a composite of things to observe in those who profess the faith. “Hospitable”, also mentioned in 1 Timothy 3:2, is a compound word which literally means to enjoy guests. “One who loves what is good” is also a compound word meaning to appreciate good virtues. A person “who is self-controlled” has an orderly mind; an “upright” person is just in all things; one who is “holy” is genuine; “and disciplined” implies strength in principles.   

     Then Paul shifts from moral and spiritual attributes to being a “trustworthy” steward of the Word. Paul says the same thing in another way in 2 Timothy 2:15, “who correctly handles the word of truth”. As leaders are well prepared in teaching and defending the faith, so believers should not be tossed about by every strange wind of teaching that undermine sound doctrine. Paul wrote to the Galatians (1:7) where some had distorted the Gospel saying, “Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ.” The issue of maintaining sound doctrine faced constant attack among first century believers and remains an important requisite of believers today.

     Therefore, let us keep seeking after the good attributes of godliness and be true and faithful students of the Word.

Pray with me: Lord, I want to be guided by Your principles and solid in my faith. Help me to practice what I read in Your Word and prepare myself to recognize truth from error.

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