Titus 2 (Listen)
2:1 But as for you, teach what accords with sound doctrine. 2 Older men are to be sober-minded, dignified, self-controlled, sound in faith, in love, and in steadfastness. 3 Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, 4 and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, 5 to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled. 6 Likewise, urge the younger men to be self-controlled. 7 Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity, 8 and sound speech that cannot be condemned, so that an opponent may be put to shame, having nothing evil to say about us. 9 Bondservants are to be submissive to their own masters in everything; they are to be well-pleasing, not argumentative, 10 not pilfering, but showing all good faith, so that in everything they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior.
11 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, 12 training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, 13 waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, 14 who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.
15 Declare these things; exhort and rebuke with all authority. Let no one disregard you.
For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, instructing us to deny godlessness and worldly lusts and to live in a sensible, righteous, and godly way in the present age (Titus 2:11 CSB).
The good news is that God has graciously provided us with salvation. Now what? Do we sit back, relax and wait for Him to come again? We certainly give thanks for the gift, but we also must actively engage in being trained by the truth of Scripture while training others to renounce the sin, ungodliness, and worldly passions that creep into our lives. This chapter also lays out a beautiful picture where the older men and women choose to live lives of integrity so they may then train and teach sound doctrine to the next generation. We must agree to live in accordance with sound doctrine as provided by God in the Scriptures, not only in obedience for our own well-being, but so we can be ready to share the good news with others. Will you choose a life of integrity and be willing to train and teach others?
Pray it: Lord, I easily could have been swept up in the darkness of this world, but Jesus offered a light. Thank You for revealing your Son to me at just the right moment. I am blessed to have a connection with my Father through Jesus’s work. May I live out my short time on earth as an extension of your wisdom and devotion to the Father. Help me see you as my living hope. Amen.
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