Titus 3:1-5

Can a Christian be a curmudgeon? There is a popular Twitter account called "Church Curmudgeon." The account makes grumpy church jokes. It is legitimately funny, but can a real believer consistently be a grump?

This passage says that more is expected of us now since we have been washed from old vices. Where once we hated others and in turn were hated by them, now we "show perfect courtesy toward all people." That means we are perfectly kind, thoughtful and patient to frustrating family members, odd co-workers, our friend's hyper kids...we do not have the option of saying, "It's just the way I am." Nope! It's the way you were--now you are different. Now you are a new creation. Act like it.

Titus 3:1-5  Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work,  to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people. 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,  5 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.