In today's world, it's easy to feel confused about what is right, wrong, pure, or corrupt. With so many conflicting messages coming at us, our moral 🧭 compass can feel unsteady.
The words of Paul to Titus ring true for us today: "To the pure, all things are pure, but to the defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure" (Titus 1:15).
Throughout history, humans have struggled with conflicting desires and motivations. Even followers of Jesus have had to work to maintain focus on what is holy, fighting off the pull towards "defiled" or unhelpful mindsets. When our hearts are oriented towards God, things which may seem muddy or gray become clearer. Rather than judging others, we can extend grace. By clinging to what is good, we aren't so easily thrown off course.
Paul reminds Titus that while unbelievers may have corrupt understandings, those who belong to Jesus have the Spirit of God to guide them. We don't have to be anxious or overwhelmed by the confusion of the world around us. God gives us discernment to know what is helpful for our souls and what might lead us astray. As we abide in Christ, our perspective shifts from the inside out.
Even in confusing times, we can find clarity through spiritual disciplines like reading Scripture, praying, worshipping, and enjoying community with other believers. And when we encounter corrupted mindsets in ourselves or others, we can overcome evil with good (Romans 12:21).
No matter how noisy and chaotic life gets, we can stand on the Rock. His truth anchors us and gives us confidence to walk in purity, hope, and love. What comforting words for us, just as for Titus! May we filter out confusion and stay focused on what is noble, right, pure, and admirable (Philippians 4:8).
Let us know in the comments: How do you keep your spiritual compass steady in confusing times?