September 20, 2016 – Titus 2:2

titus2-2Teach the older men to have self-control, to be serious, and to be wise. They must be strong in faith, in love, and in patience.  Titus 2:2Self-control, is giving the control to God.  We fool ourselves when we think we have control and can make choices without the leading of God.  When an older man is wise, he studies God’s Word – for only in God can we be wise.The younger always look up to the older person as a role model.  When the older person is wise and follows God, he also displays humility.  He is not a know-it-all, but a humble follower of Jesus Christ.Parents are the examples or role-models for their children.  When parents don’t realize their child is learning something you wish they would not do, look in the mirror and take a deep look at your reflection. You will see their teacher.  Good and Bad.Be honest and serious in your life.  This has been difficult for me, to be serious.  However, there is one thing I am very serious about — following the example of loving like Jesus loves.  Each day as I make choices I ponder, will my children and grandchildren be ashamed of me?  And most of all, will Jesus be ashamed of me because of the choices I make?”They have not been faithful to God. As you live among them, don’t be ashamed of me and my teaching. If that happens, I will be ashamed of you when I come with the glory of my Father and the holy angels.”  Mark 8:38bGod has chosen you and made you his holy people. He loves you. So your new life should be like this: Show mercy to others. Be kind, humble, gentle, and patient. Colossians 3:12Be a role model worth following — in the Lord.In the same way, tell the young men to be wise.  You should be an example for them in every way by the good things you do. When you teach, be honest and serious. And your teaching should be clearly right so that you cannot be criticized. Then anyone who is against you will be ashamed. There will not be anything bad they can say about us. Titus 2:6-8