Titus 2:2-3 — 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 (NIV).
No matter how old or young you think you are, there is someone in your life who is younger than you. It’s because of this fact that you need to purpose to develop the above characteristics. Developing your character is as beneficial to others as it is to you. If believers would understand this concept and apply it to their lives, it would have a positive affect on the next generation.
The world we live in does not promote the characteristics mentioned in Titus 2:2-3. In fact, many people adopt unhealthy counterfeits. Rather than practice self-control, those who are out of balance in a certain area of their lives make excuses. Instead of living a life worthy of respect, many live however they want and demand to be respected.
Many Christians lack respect for people who do not share their same ideals or beliefs. This kind of behavior contradicts the love of God. They often defame others and have shameful addictions. God’s desire is for believers to set the standard rather than conform to the poor one that currently exists. Every person must answer this question: Who is going to lead the next generation?
Paul said to teach the young men and women what is good and to show integrity and seriousness. Do your children see God in the way you conduct your life? Do you model respect and hard work for your younger coworkers? Are you a person of integrity? Begin thinking about your legacy and what kind of impact you are making on those who are younger than you. If you are not modeling godliness, you are promoting godlessness.
Titus 2:7-8 — In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness, and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned (NIV).
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