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To the pure, all things are pure, but to those who are corrupted and do not believe, nothing is pure.
St. Paul wrote this short, three-chapter letter to Titus, who he called “My true son in our most common faith” (vs. 4). Titus, though young, was a leader in Paul’s tradition and, in fact, had been left by Paul in Crete to establish an eldership to lead the young church there. Paul said to Titus what he had mentioned in his letter to the Romans, where he emphasized, “I am convinced, being fully persuaded in the Lord Jesus, that nothing is unclean in itself” (Rom. 14:14). Jesus had said in Mark, “What comes out of a person is what defiles them” (7:20a). Here Paul stated the believer is pure, and whatever he or she sees is pure to them. On the other hand, unbelievers are corrupted in their thinking; consequently, they see the bad in everything.
I believe this passage reveals “The Power Of Seeing The Good.” Have you ever met a person who claims to be a “Follower Of Jesus,” yet they yank defeat from the jaws of victory on a regular basis? What is the problem? In most cases, the individual is filled with doubt and unbelief. Instead of seeing the good, they dream of the bad. Why? Three things cloud their victory: doubt, fear, and unbelief. Yet when the transformational power of knowing Jesus takes them over, faith, hope, and love rule the day. When faith is at the foundation of a man or woman’s life, they have no limit on seeing the good in everything. To the pure, ALL THINGS are pure. When Edwin Drake struck oil in Titusville, Pennsylvania, during August of 1859 for the first time in American history, he did not see the dirt and the oily substance covering a man’s clothes who worked the fields. NO! He saw what oil could do to put food on a family table and clean clothes on school children. That’s “The Power Of Seeing The Good!”
In these troubled times, help me be the person who sees the good in everything. Help me remember that I was not placed here on earth to report the obvious. You placed me here to find oil and gold and diamonds in everyone I meet. I can only accomplish this with Your help. I’m not pure on my own. Amen