Titus 2:1–10 (ESV)
Teach Sound Doctrine
But as for you, teach what accords with sound doctrine. 2 Older men are to be sober-minded, dignified, self-controlled, sound in faith, in love, and in steadfastness. 3 Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine.
They are to teach what is good, 4 and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, 5 to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled. 6 Likewise, urge the younger
men to be self-controlled. 7 Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity, 8 and sound speech that cannot be condemned, so that an opponent may be put to shame, having nothing evil to say about us.
9 Bondservants are to be submissive to their own masters in everything; they are to be well-pleasing, not argumentative, 10 not pilfering, but showing all good faith, so that in everything they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior.
Ok, so I’m a Christian! Where does the Bible tell me how I’m to behave? Well... it’s right here in today’s reading. Paul addresses how older men and women are to act. He also
tells how younger people are to behave... even bond-servants. Paul also uses the term “doctrine” twice. Many churches today say we don’t care about doctrine, yet Paul is saying to pay attention to doctrine. Doctrine is defined
as “The teachings, principles, or tenets held and spread by a group. Jesus was more than all about “Love.” He spent a lot of time teaching the people. Our behavior should reflect the teachings of Christ.
I pray: O Lord, I know that you are the definition of Love, but help us to live by your teachings as well. Help our lives be a living witness to your teachings. Amen.