Titus 1:7  For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not self-willed, not soon angry, not given to wine…

We interpret “not given to wine” to mean not allowing wine to influence one’s thinking, words, or actions, in any way or to any extent.  The Bible does not disallow wine.  In fact, Paul suggested to Timothy that he drink a little wine instead of water for a stomach ailment (1 Tim 5:23).  However, while the Bible does not disallow wine (or alcohol), it firmly warns against any kind of drunkenness.  Drunkenness, in and of itself, is most definitely a sin. Drunkenness alters and controls one’s mind and diminishes one’s self-control and thereby induces sins in thoughts, words, and actions.

The admonition in Titus 1:7 is that  bishops are to be above reproach. Bishops are in a leadership role in the church, so they are to be an example of living life according to God’s will and ways.  All Christians are to follow the admonition not to be given to wine.  Therefore, in the selection of any church leader, this is a requirement.  

Since the only way to be 100% certain that one will not be “given to wine,” or any mind altering drink or drug, one might choose to abstain from the intake of any such drink or drug.  This, however, is a personal decision, but, remember, all decisions are to be guided by God’s Word and the Holy Spirit’s direction. For more about drinking wine and alcohol, read:  Is it a sin to drink alcohol?

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Do not be anxious about anything.  (Phil 4:6)

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, we must rightly remember who is in control.  Our God is sovereign over all things, including COVID-19.  As Charles Spurgeon (1834-1892) said, “The sovereignty of God is a soft pillow on which weary people lay their heads.” 

Remember also God’s gracious promise, and that it is true and He is faithful to keep it:  Hebrews 13:5 …”I will never leave you, nor forsake you.”  The next verse remind us of the power that comes in trusting God and how we can live:  Hebrews 13:6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man [or COVID-19] shall do to me.

God loves us, and in Christ we find confidence and calm in times of uncertainty and trouble.  When we trust in God, fear is replaced with faith, stress is replaced with strength, anxiety is gone and hope abounds, problems become opportunities, and we are able to receive the blessings God has for us in the midst of difficult circumstances. Turn to Jesus. He will lead you to the still waters and give rest for your troubled soul.  

This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast…Hebrews 6:19

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