Titus 2:6-10 (NIV)
Similarly, encourage the young men to be self-controlled. 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, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us. Teach slaves to be subject to their masters in everything, to try to please them, not to talk back to them, 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.
I like to think that we can learn by listening in on what is said to others.
We aren’t young men or slaves. (are we?)
But here Titus, who is a young man, is told to:
*Encourage young men to be self controlled
*Set them an example of doing good
*Teach with integrity, seriousness, sound speech
Pretty simple, overarching stuff. A self controlled man, doing what is good, who can despise? More likely, who can resist loving such a man? I recently watched the movie The Right Stuff with my daughter and was struck again by the example of John Glenn, who upheld his fellow astronauts to be self-controlled and was himself a shining example of a good man (at least in the movie)!
Slaves to be subject to masters in everything:
Try to please them
Not talk back,
But show that they can be fully trusted.
I like to think of the best slave in history, Joseph.
He was a good slave, so he was entrusted with everything.
He didn’t steal his master’s wife because he honored God.
He was unjustly accused (as was Pharaoh’s wine taster?)
He was a good prisoner so he was entrusted with helping.
Finally, he was entrusted with the kingdom, and God was glorified.
I think I am learning a lot from listening in.
Focus on controlling myself before controlling others.
Look for the good I can do more than the good I can receive.
Teach with integrity, which is the opposite of hypocrisy.
Honor those in authority over me for God’s sake, for his glory.
All praise and thanks to God!