You, however, must teach what is appropriate to sound doctrine. Teach the older men to be temperate, worthy of respect, self-controlled, and sound in faith, in love and in endurance. Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. Then they can urge the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God. Titus 2:3-5
Titus was to appoint elders who would teach the people of God how to live in such a way that the gospel became attractive. The gospel heard but not heeded is hypocrisy. But when we live out God’s design for our lives, people want the same for theirs. In this chapter, Paul says to teach older men to act their age… temperate, self-controlled, to be sound – in faith, love and endurance. Interestingly, the older women are to teach the younger women (not the elders directly). The term “be subject to their husbands” indicates that younger women should line up in formation with their husbands (almost in a military structure of submission). Don’t freak out feminists. Its what God intends and their is purpose and blessing for the whole family. And just in case you forgot, the letter to the Ephesians says, ‘submit to one another’. In all of this, the word of God is held in honor and respected by outsiders and “in every way they will make the teaching about God our Savior attractive.”
Am I acting my age? Does self-control and soundness mark my life? Would others say I demonstrate a mature faith, love and ability stick-to-it (endurance)?
God, as an older man, I pray that my life will be what You desire. I want to be the example of Jesus Christ in all my god-given roles and responsibilities. May I be one who causes others to be attracted to You and the gospel.