Titus 2:1-10, “But as for you, speak the things which are proper for sound doctrine: that the older men be sober, reverent, temperate, sound in faith, in love, in patience; the older women likewise, that they be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things — that they admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be blasphemed. Likewise, exhort the young men to be sober-minded, in all things showing yourself to be a pattern of good works; in doctrine showing integrity, reverence, incorruptibility, sound speech that cannot be condemned, that one who is an opponent may be ashamed, having nothing evil to say of you. Exhort bondservants to be obedient to their own masters, to be well pleasing in all things, not answering back, not pilfering, but showing all good fidelity, that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in all things.”
Titus 2:2, “that the older men be sober, reverent, temperate, sound in faith, in love, in patience;”
In this, our 2nd of 5 parts, we look at the older men of the church. Their example is important to the Church as a whole. Let us learn their impact now.
Older men are first to be sober. Sober: νηφάλεος nēpháleos, nay-fal’-eh-os; sober, i.e. (figuratively) circumspect:—sober. This is referring to the abstaining from alcoholic drinks or from drinking to the point of drunkenness. Alcohol has a way of affecting judgement and reason. As an older man of the Church, they are to be free from drunkenness to have good judgement in doing what Christ has instructed. Drunkenness is strongly discouraged in many verses in the Bible as well.
Next, they are to be reverent. Reverent: σεμνός semnós, sem-nos’; venerable, i.e. honorable:—grave, honest. This is referring to be reverent to the job that Christ gave to older men. This also to give honor to God as only God is deserving of honor. As older men, they are to keep themselves honest to all people in speech and action.
Third, temperate. Temperate: σώφρων sṓphrōn, so’-frone; safe (sound) in mind, i.e. self-controlled (moderate as to opinion or passion):—discreet, sober. Referring again to being sober, being temperate is not get too angry or getting too passionate. Keeping one’s opinions to oneself. Everyone has an opinion but that does not mean it needs to be shared with the world. Having self-control is a desired trait. This is the way to avoid many sins that can be committed due to anger.
Fourth, sound in faith. Sound refers being whole or complete. Faith: πίστις pístis, pis’-tis; persuasion, i.e. credence; moral conviction (of religious truth, or the truthfulness of God or a religious teacher), especially reliance upon Christ for salvation; abstractly, constancy in such profession; by extension, the system of religious (Gospel) truth itself:—assurance, belief, believe, faith, fidelity. Faith is believing in something. Faith in God is believing in Him no matter what. As older men, they are to have sound faith in God as to be a pillar of the Church.
Fifth, sound in love. Love: ἀγάπη agápē, ag-ah’-pay; love, i.e. affection or benevolence; specially (plural) a love-feast:—(feast of) charity(-ably), dear, love. This is the best form of love. This is a perfect love that God shows to the whole world, in that He sent His Son to die for all of us. This love is the same love that God wants older men to show to all.
Lastly, sound in patience. Patience: ὑπομονή hypomonḗ, hoop-om-on-ay’; cheerful (or hopeful) endurance, constancy:—enduring, patience, patient continuance (waiting). Patience is a difficult lesson, but with time, it can be achieved. It is enduring the wearies of the world in anticipation of eternal life in Heaven. It is being consistent in what is said and done. It is also doing all things and saying all things in cheer and joy.
Older men have tons of responsibility. Each of these traits are needed by older men. By God, this is possible. The Church is in need of good older men. This is what is needed to keep the Church going.
Help all older men to be each of these traits listed. Help them to listen to You more. You are to be loved more than anything. As part of the Church, let older men be the shining examples that the world needs to see. Let them be more and more like You.
In Your name we pray,