When Paul starts this letter to Titus, what a great message he has given to us all. It is inspired from God on how we are to live our lives. What a great blessing it is, that we know how to live our lives according to God. So far, we talked about older men and older Christian women. Now it is younger women that we will talk about. In Ripon we have caring, loving and wonderful younger Christian women. We are blessed.
Titus 2:3-5 Older women likewise are to be reverent in their behavior, not malicious gossips nor enslaved to much wine, teaching what is good, so that they may encourage the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be sensible, pure, workers at home, kind, being subject to their own husbands, so that the word of God will not be dishonored.
Young Christian women need to be trained to love their husbands. Love is more than just a good feeling about someone. Love is a commitment and when she gets married, she makes a vowel in the sight of God to be faithful and true in sickness as well as in health, in joy as well as sorrow. Hardships as well as in prosperity, love is not selfish. She must ask herself what can I do for my husband.
Young Christian mothers need to be taught to love their children. One of the greatest responsibilities of motherhood is to bring your children up in the way of education and council that the Lord approves. Ephesians 6:4 and 1 Timothy 2:15. Christian women who have reared their children to be faithful Christians have much to teach to the young Christian mothers.
To be sensible means discreet and a woman of sound mind. She is not swayed by sudden impulses. The sensible woman is ready and willing to learn.
Pure means she is committed to be faithful and true to her husband in body, mind and spirit.
Worker at home means she takes care of her responsibilities at home. Her first duty is to God. A part of one's commitment to God means to be a good wife and a good mother. She must not let other good works interfere with her commitment to her home.
Kindness is part of love. Love is kind 1 Cor 13:5. As a wife takes care of her many duties and responsibilities at home, she must be kind.
Subject to their own husbands means to honor her husband. When a Christian wife does not live up to God's commands, she brings reproach upon the Lord. When people see this, they talk evil of God.
Titus list four things that our older Christians ladies should have in their lives as servants of our Lord. Titus 2:3-5. “Older women likewise are to be reverent in their behavior, not malicious gossips nor enslaved to much wine, teaching what is good, so that they may encourage the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be sensible, pure, workers at home, kind, being subject to their own husbands, so that the word of God will not be dishonored.”
Reverent in behavior means living the Christian life as a Christian woman ought to live life. She is to live in view of the fact that God is watching and one day she will give her account for her life. The influence of all the Christian women upon the church, upon the family and upon the community cannot be over emphasize and should not be underestimated.
Not malicious gossip means they should not spread malicious gossip. The word of God has a lot to say about the tongue and speaking, Paul teaches Christians to put away falsehood and to speak truth to the neighbors. Ephesians 4:25. It seems so easy to talk evil about others however the Christian must be guided by love. When older Christian women speak to younger Christian women, it should be tempered with kindness. Too often words are spoken with unkindness, words that hurt the young Christian. These unkind words have been spoken here in Ripon. When Jesus was at the Passover with his apostles and giving instruction about the Lord’s Supper there was talk among the twelve as to who was going to betray Him, In Mark 14:19 it says They began to be grieved and to say to Him one by one, “Surely not I?” Matthew 7:12 Paul makes it very plain when he says, “speak no evil of men” Titus 3:2
Not enslaved to much wine means not to be slaves of strong drink. The teaching of the Bible is to abstain from strong drink. Read first Timothy 3:8 and 5:23 Proverbs 23: 20-21 and 29-35. Teachers of that which is good means older women are to be teachers of those characteristics that become a godly woman. Young Christian women are to teach their children. Older Christians women are to teach the younger woman to love their husbands and children.
When we experience difficulties, we must try to remember that we can always find comfort and peace by meditating upon God’s Holy scriptures and spending time “talking” to God. When we become disappointed or discouraged because of the actions of others, or when we are facing unusual or challenging health or circumstances in life, our faith leads us to rely upon the very word that we are obedient to and follow as our guide and direction in life. The following are but a few more of the many:
19th Psalm: The heavens declare the glory of God; and the expanse proclaims His handiwork…The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. The precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes; the fear of the LORD is clean enduring forever; the rules of the LORD are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb. Moreover, by them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward…Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.
111th Psalm: Praise the LORD! I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart, in the company of the upright, in the congregation. Great are the works of the LORD, studied by all who delight in them. Full of splendor and majesty is His work, and His righteousness endures forever. He has caused His wondrous works to be remembered; the LORD is gracious and merciful…The works of His hands are faithful and just; all his precepts are trustworthy. They are established forever and ever, to be performed with faithfulness and uprightness. He sent redemption to His people; He has commanded His covenant forever: Holy and Awesome is His name! The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all those who practice it have a good understanding; His praise endures forever!
1st John 1:7: But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, His Son, cleanses us from all sin.
Our God and Savior is a Loving, Powerful, Awesome, Majestic, Just, and Wonderful LORD!
In chapter two of Titus, the start of this chapter deals with older Christian men. The responsibility of these men is to teach wholesome doctrine. Paul writes this message to Titus concerning older men. Titus 2:1 “But as for you, speaking things which are fitting for sound doctrine.” False teachers were teaching a perverted Gospel. Titus was to teach the pure Gospel. The gospel truth is known as sound doctrine. Titus is not only to correct false doctrine, he is to teach the true teachings of God. In a corrupt world, Christians are to be different. Paul instructs Titus what to teach the various age groups.
Titus 2:2 “Older men are to be temperate, dignified, sensible, sound in faith, in love, in perseverance.” Aged men means men considered to be above fifty years of age. Paul lists six things which should characterize older Christian men.
Temperate means sober. He does not go to extremes. Older men should know the value of life. Older men should know that the pleasures of self-indulgence costs far more than they are worth.
Dignified means serious, worthy of respect. Older Christian men should realize that living is serious business. The way one lives will determine where he spends eternity. In view of the fact that man must give account of his life, he lives life seriously.
Sensible Means self-controlled, thoughtful. This man has everything under control. This is the man who does what he ought to do and this is the man who refrains from doing the things he ought not do.
Sound in Faith means he has a healthy faith. Sound is a medical term which means healthy. His faith should be neither lukewarm nor mixed with error. True faith involves believing in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, trusting in God and obeying God.
In Love means he has a healthy love. A Christian should love God more every year as he serves God and lives for Him. As some people grow older, they drift into criticism and faultfinding. However, the older Christian men should have more tolerance and sympathy for others as they struggle with life’s issues.
Perseverance means one is steadfast, endures, is strong. The trials and tribulations of life should temper a man like steel. The older Christian ought to be able to bear more and more. As one grows weaker in his physical body, he should grow stronger in faith. II Corinthians 4:16, “Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day.”
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights…Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of happiness…” the great Declaration of Independence states. It continues, “We therefore…appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world…” obviously invoking the name of God as the delegation’s authority and support for breaking loose from the arbitrary rule of an earthly government. So, on July 4, 1776, was “born” what would become the greatest republic known to mankind and the people of thirteen colonies proclaimed their freedom from an oppressive condition. The struggle for complete independence would take, of course, many years to achieve, through a difficult and bloody war, and the drafting of a constitution, which was successfully ratified on June 21, 1788, until, at last, the United States of America officially and legally became an independent, sovereign constitutional republic on March 4, 1789. Every citizen of these United States owes a debt of gratitude to all those involved in this “beginning” and their immense sacrifices. Any annual celebration of Independence Day, July 4th, should be about recognizing those great sacrifices and the liberties and freedoms that came from them! Of course, this day has a unique meaning to American citizens that no person outside of the United States citizenry can truly appreciate!
Those of us who are members of the church that belongs to Christ, and who are citizens of God’s Kingdom, recognize from where the foundational principles of this country emanate. We recognize that “all men are created equal” because our Creator created us in His image (Gen. 1:27); He gave us the right to “pursue Life,” eternally, that He promised (Tit. 1:2); we have been granted, by His grace, freedom from the oppression and slavery of sin by the sacrifice of Jesus Christ’s blood, which ushered in the perfect Law of Liberty, by which the “Supreme Judge” will judge all of mankind (Rom. 8:2 &14:10-12; Phil. 2:9-11;Jas.1:25&2:12; happiness and joy are achieved when we “abide in Him” (John 15:1-17) because we have the blood of Jesus that continues to cleanse us from our sins (1John1:7). These blessings have a special meaning to children of God that no person outside of the citizenry of His Kingdom can truly appreciate!
We become a citizen of God’s Kingdom, and a member of Christ’s church, when we are immersed in the waters of baptism for the forgiveness (remission) of our sins (Matt.2819;Mark16:16;Acts2:38&41;Rom.6:1-11). But we do not wait for a year to pass before we recognize and celebrate this “birth.” We celebrate this great event every week! Fifty-two times a year, we commemorate and celebrate the One Who has done more for the entire world than any other being. Each, and every, Sunday we recognize and celebrate the life, death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus the Christ, our Lord and Savior to “…proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes” (1 Cor.11:23).
Despite the ills and shortcomings of our government and society, if there is but one freedom we enjoy and appreciate above all others, it is that we are still free to honor and celebrate our citizenship in the LORD’s Kingdom. This is TRUE INDEPENDENCE! Our prayer for this nation and its ruling bodies should be that the first constitutional amendment will endure forever and that we can willingly and happily proclaim His sacrifice for us! May God continue to bless us in our efforts to serve Him.
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