Titus must teach all the believers properly
1 But as for you, Titus, you must teach people to do what is right. Teach them only the things that belong to God's true message. 2 Tell the older men to rule themselves well. They must think carefully about how they live, so that people respect them. They must continue to believe in Christ. They must continue to love other people. They must continue to be patient and strong.
3 Also, tell the older women to live in a good way. Their lives must show that they respect God. They must not say bad things about other people. They must not be drunks. They must teach what is good. 4 In that way, they can teach the young women how they should live. As a result, the young women will love their husbands and their children. 5 The young women must rule themselves well, so that they always do what is proper. They must be good housewives and they must be kind to other people. They must respect their husbands. If they live in a good way like that, nobody will be able to say bad things against God's message.
6 As for the young men, tell them also to think carefully about how they live. 7 You yourself must always do good things too. In that way, you will show the young men how they should live. When you teach the believers, be honest and serious. 8 Teach a message that is correct, so that nobody can say anything against it. Then our enemies will be ashamed, because they cannot say anything bad about us.
9 As for slaves, tell them to obey their masters always. They must not argue with their masters, but they should work well to make them happy. 10 Slaves must not take things that belong to their masters. Instead, their masters must be able to trust them completely. Then people will see that our message helps people to live in a very good way. People will like our message about God, who saves us.
God gives believers a new life
11 God has shown us clearly how very kind he is. He has now come to save all people. 12 Because God is kind, he teaches us to stop living in a bad way. We no longer do the bad things that do not make God happy. We turn away from the bad things that belong to this world. God teaches us to rule ourselves properly while we live in this world. He teaches us to do what is right. He teaches us to serve him in a good way.
13 Remember this: We are waiting for Jesus Christ to return to this world. When he comes, that will make us very happy. Everyone will see how great Jesus Christ is. He is our great God. He is the one who saves us from our sins. 14 He gave himself as a sacrifice on our behalf. In that way, he made us free from every kind of bad thing. As a result, we can be completely good and clean inside ourselves. We can become his own special people, who really want to do good things.
15 You must teach these things to the believers. Help them to live in a good way. Warn them when they do wrong things. Use all the authority that you have as a leader in the church. Make sure that everyone respects you properly.