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LETTERS OF ST. PAUL: Titus

Remind the believers to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show every courtesy to everyone.
Titus 3: 1-2

Titus is charged with encouraging his flock to do good and to not hesitate. We see here that the call to holiness comes through being good citizens and performing ordinary acts of kindness: being gentle and understanding, being good neighbors.

Titus is one of three pastoral letters among the Pauline epistles, a passionate and intimate letter in which the author expresses care for a Christian leader. Titus is briefer than the Timothy letters and is written under different circumstances.

Titus is the person in charge of developing the church on the large Mediterranean island of Crete. This is a place Paul himself had never been to. Titus is similar to 1 Timothy as it is a less personal and more pastoral and informational letter. It is concerned with church life, ministry, and living in society amidst heretics and unbelievers.

This brief letter contains a charge of responsibility to Titus in chapter 1, instruction on Christian life (teaching and behavior) in chapter 2, and finally, some good advice and a blessing in chapter 3. Titus is one of the deutero-Pauline letters.

 
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