What We Were

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It has been said that one cannot know where he or she is going, until they first know where they have been. Paul has just told Titus of the good Christians should be doing in Titus 3:1-2. But, why should we live like a Christian? Why should there be that change? Why should we sacrifice and do good? Paul helps us to see by pointing us back to where we have been. When we realize where we were, and what Jesus did for us, we should want to be like Him. We will look at Jesus did for us in the next article. For now, notice what the inspired apostle writes about where we were, "For we also once were foolish ourselves, disobedient, deceived, enslaved to various lusts and pleasures, spending our life in malice and envy, hateful, hating one another" (Titus 3:3). Here seven nominative, masculine descriptives describe that we were…

I. FOOLISH

     A. without understanding

     B. unteachable

II. DISOBEDIENT

     A. had no regard for the laws of God

     B. had no regard for the Government

III. DECEIVED

     A. easily duped

     B. believing lies

IV. ENSLAVED TO VARIOUS LUSTS AND PLEASURES

     A. hedonistic in every way

     B. looking only to satisfy selfish sinful desires

V. SPENDING OUT LIFE IN MALICE AND ENVY

     A. hating the prosperity and success of others

     B. Wishing others ill

6. HATEFUL

     A. loathsome

     B. despicable 

7. HATING ONE ANOTHER

     A. have a strong aversion to

     B. detesting, despising

To whatever level we were these things, we were. We were lost and needed a Savior. When we realize just how low we were, and when we realize and fully appreciate what He did for us, we will want to serve Him. We will want to be the people He has planned for us to be, rather that what we were.