Turning Point daily devotional. (David Jeremiah)
Even the Dog and Cat
…showing all good fidelity, that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in all things.
1 But as for you, speak the things which are proper for sound doctrine: 2 that the older men be sober, reverent, temperate, sound in faith, in love, in patience; 3 the older women likewise, that they be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things— 4 that they admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, 5 to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be blasphemed.
6 Likewise, exhort the young men to be sober-minded, 7 in all things showing yourself to be a pattern of good works; in doctrine showing integrity, reverence, incorruptibility,[a] 8 sound speech that cannot be condemned, that one who is an opponent may be ashamed, having nothing evil to say of you.
9 Exhort bondservants to be obedient to their own masters, to be well pleasing in all things, not answering back, 10 not pilfering, but showing all good fidelity, that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in all things.
Roland Hill used to say that he wouldn't believe a man to be a true Christian if his wife, his children, the servants, and even the dog and cat, were not the better for it. That's the point of Titus 2:1-10, as Paul gave instructions to the various groups of Christians on the island of Crete. He insisted they demonstrate integrity, being honest, hardworking, and upright. In this way, said Paul, they would adorn the doctrine of God.
The Message puts it this way: "Their good character will shine through their actions, adding luster to the teaching of our Savior God."
If we live out our doctrine, others will see how true, beautiful, and desirous it is. By the same token, if we allow sin to damage our testimony, we tarnish the Gospel in the eyes of others.
We can't just "believe" our doctrines or study them in our minds. They must become our lifestyle. When we "wear" our doctrine in everyday life, others will see our good works and glorify our Father who is in heaven.
The heathen do not judge of the Christian's doctrine from the doctrine, but from his actions and life.