Teach the older men to be temperate, worthy of respect, self-controlled, and sound in faith, in love and in endurance. - Titus 2:2
Few passages in Scripture apply to older men exclusively. Which is why I'm so grateful the Lord gave us today's verse!
After listing the attributes of a qualified elder in the church, Paul instructs Titus on the character of mature men in general. He first lists three qualities: temperance, dignity, and self-control. Then, he follows that with three areas in which senior men should be grounded: faith, love, and endurance.
All of these qualities work in concert with each other. Temperance indicates a level of restraint. You should practice moderation. If you cannot exercise this quality, you'll certainly risk undignified behavior. It could even result in public embarrassment and loss of respect. Such actions do not indicate self-control.
Older men should also strive to be "sound in faith, in love and in endurance." James 1 tells us that the testing of our faith produces perseverance. If you are grounded in your faith, then a natural side-effect should be spiritual endurance. Paul also reiterates the importance of love. We are always to be acting from a position of love.
Men, look at these qualities. Examine them as a checklist. How are you doing in each of these areas? Where could you use a little more work? In what area do you have consistent success? Tomorrow, I'll turn my attention and focus on the Paul's characteristics for older women.
PRAYER CHALLENGE: Ask God for strength in the area you are most lacking. Then thank Him for success in the area where you are most unwavering!
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