About six years before his execution, Paul wrote a postcard to his longtime friend Philemon, a citizen of Colossae. This, the shortest of the Apostle’s writings, is one of the grandest illustrations of grace and forgiveness in all of Scripture. It is a warm, passionate appeal to a slave owner to accept back, forgive, and reinstate his runaway slave Onesimus. Because of the obvious analogy with our being accepted by God and forgiven through His grace, this little letter has become one of the most treasured in the New Testament.
Several books in the Bible don’t get the publicity they deserve. Titus is a good example. Overshadowed by the far more popular letters of 1 and 2 Timothy, this pastoral epistle unfortunately seems obscure and unimportant to some. Equally essential and inspired by God, the letter to Titus brings a needed balance to the subject of guidance to pastors. First Timothy emphasizes doctrine. Second Timothy provides a charge—a strong emotional appeal to the pastor.
We all have a desire to be important. But life isn't about satisfying our desires. It's about leaving a legacy of a well-lived life. And God has made it plain how to do that.
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