biblcal Leadership Traits - Lover of Good

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Biblical Leadership Traits

Lover of What is Good

Titus 1:8



NAU Titus 1:8 but hospitable, loving what is good, sensible, just, devout, self-controlled,

BGT Titus 1:8 ἀλλὰ φιλόξενον φιλάγαθον σώφρονα δίκαιον ὅσιον ἐγκρατῆ,

There are two love words back to back in vs 8 – lover of strangers (hospitality) and lover of good. “Loving what is good” is really one word, an adjective φιλάγαθον. It is love + good. This is the only use in the Bible.

Good (agaqoj) has several possible senses:

That which enhances the pleasure or well being of another

that which promotes perfection and worthy of admiration

that which is morally pure and proper

that which results in the advantage of another

Related passages:

Regarding last days see what loving good is not: NAU 2 Timothy 3:2-3 For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good (φιλάγαθος = not lover of good) treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, - So is doing the opposite a good definition of loving what is good? Also, does this passage imply that loving good is really another way to say loving God?

Regarding young women: NAU Titus 2:4 so that they may encourage the young women to love their husbands, to love their children 5 to be sensible, pure, workers at home, kind (agaqoj), being subject to their own husbands, so that the word of God will not be dishonored.

Regarding our speech: NAU Ephesians 4:29 Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear.

Regarding our daily life: NAU 2 Timothy 3:16 All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; 17 so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.


  1. Evaluate how you love good by how you do good…
    1. Do you do good to both strangers and friends?
    2. Do you use your financial resources to help those with needs?
    3. Do you speak of others, even those with whom you have a disagreement, in a “good” way?
  1. Fill in the blank with appropriate objects: leaders must love good ________________.
  1. What is the relationship, if any, between loving good things and loving good men? Which is more difficult?

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