Devotional Guide, Today’s Reading Thursday May 18, 2023

Theme: Fruits of the Spirit

Text: “For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not self-willed, not too soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre; But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate.” – Titus 1:7, 8.

Comment:  In the text above, Saint Paul told one of his sons in the faith, Titus, to adopt the virtues listed including learning to be sober. Sobriety means to be “serious and of solemn disposition”. It also conveys the meaning of not being drunk or intoxicated.  It is only when worshippers of the living God are sober, grave and serious that they would be in the right frame of mind to understand the will of God. (1 Thessalonians 5:6; Ephesians 5:17) The truth of God that leads men to salvation is sober and solemn as Apostle Paul in answer to Festus, the Roman governor said: “I am not mad, most noble Festus, but speak the words of truth and soberness”. (Acts 26:25) May God help us to be “sober and watch unto prayer”. – 1 Peter 4:7

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