I’m continuing with Paul’s instruction to Titus on the qualification of a bishop – a church leader. My thought is the qualifications aren’t just for church leaders but for every Christian.
For a bishop must be blameless, as a steward of God, not self-willed, not quick-tempered, not given to wine, not violent, not greedy for money, but hospitable, a lover of what is good, sober-minded, just, holy, self-controlled, holding fast the faithful word as he has been taught, that he may be able, by sound doctrine, both to exhort and convict those who contradict. Titus 1:7-9
A love of what is good.
It seems there are different definitions of good. This word is literally a loving goodness; fond of virtue is one definition.
What is good? I don’t think that’s a question mankind can answer since David and Paul both agree,
There is none who does good, no, not one.” Ps 14:3, Rom 3:12
When God created the heavens and the earth and all that is therein, He said the same thing about it – it was good.
It was only after the sin of mankind that things weren’t so good.
During the days of Noah it is said that every thought of man was continuously evil, not continuously good.
Good and upright is the Lord; Therefore He teaches sinners in the way. Ps 25:8
Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him! Ps 34:8
It is clear that God is good and if you and I are to learn goodness it must come from the Lord.
I want to be a lover of what is good and to do so I must immerse myself into His word and be led by His Spirit in order to accomplish His goodness.
You are good, and do good; Teach me Your statutes. Ps 119:68