I love beautiful things. what I love even more are simple, beautiful things. titus isn't romans. or ephesians. or pretty much any of paul's other letters. it's not usually pulled out in conversation unless you're telling someone why they should be discipled by someone older. but it's bold. and punchy. and also gives top summaries of who God is, what He's done, and how we respond. and it's only 3 chapters long.
like this gem:
for the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, Who gave Himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession who are zealous for good works. | titus 2:11-14 (and that was just one sentence)
and my favorite:
for we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another. but when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, He saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to His own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, Whom He poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by His grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. | titus 3:3-7 emphasis mine
so good. thanks paul. thanks Jesus. you guys are great.