Titus 2 – August 29
The Bible is basically a compilation of love letters from our Father in heaven, His loving words breathed onto each page. Over the next several months, as we study the letters of the Bible, Galatians through Jude, I pray that You will experience His eternal love in new ways and that it will transform you. These letters were written by Christian leaders, most of them by Paul, to establish and grow the Christian Church. For us, they are filled with love and gold nuggets on living a Christian life. Join along in our study by reading today’s scripture, journaling on it using SOAP, then sharing how God spoke to you today. Below is the NIV version of today’s reading, then below that is a SOAP from one of our study leaders. The Comments section on our website is an open forum for sharing, requesting prayer, and asking questions.
Titus 2 – Doing Good for the Sake of the Gospel
You, however, must teach what is appropriate to sound doctrine. 2 Teach the older men to be temperate, worthy of respect, self-controlled, and sound in faith, in love and in endurance.
3 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. 4 Then they can urge the younger women to love their husbands and children, 5 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.
6 Similarly, encourage the young men to be self-controlled. 7 In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness 8 and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us.
9 Teach slaves to be subject to their masters in everything, to try to please them, not to talk back to them, 10 and not to steal from them, but to show that they can be fully trusted, so that in every way they will make the teaching about God our Savior attractive.
11 For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. 12 It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, 13 while we wait for the 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 wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.
15 These, then, are the things you should teach. Encourage and rebuke with all authority. Do not let anyone despise you.
Older Woman or Younger Woman? | Becky Newman
Titus is a leader in the church of Crete, and Paul’s letter is helping direct Titus in his leadership role through the urgings of the Holy Spirit. After all, they are Cretans! Maybe use of that word has died out, but I used to use it to refer to dumb barbaric types. Paul’s urgings here are for how older Christian women should act. Unlike Paul’s encouraging for older men in verse 2, Paul encourages women more in relationship, to be self-controlled so that they can be a good example to and are able to teach younger women.
Ever since becoming a Christian at age 23, I had a desire for relationship with an “older” woman who could show me how I should act and what I should do as a Christian woman, wife, and mom. And as I struggled to find that relationship, God pushed me into being the “older” woman early in my new Christian life. Since then, I’ve switched back and forth between “younger” and “older”, but mostly He’s kept me as the “older” woman. He has a purpose for me, and it’s good to review what the Word tells me I need to do — teach what is good.
Teach through me, Lord, in those relationships where I am the “older” woman and help me learn in those relationships where I am the “younger” woman.
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