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Message of the Day: To Be Young Is To Be Careful in Behavior and Speech and To Be Self-Controlled

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.” (Titus 2:6-8, NKJV)

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Transformation should begin with the older people (older men, 2:1-2 and older women, 2:3-5); they have the authority, and they should give the example. The young of both sexes must also give an account of themselves to God; sober-mindedness in young men is a rare plunge into excesses and irregularities which in general sap the foundation of their being, bring on premature old age, and not seldom lead to a fatal end.

Perhaps Titus was still a young man and was not yet well respected by the Cretan churches. However, in encouraging the young men to be self-controlled, Titus himself should be an example.

The demands on a leader are all-inclusive, involving not only his word but also his lifestyle. But by being careful in his behavior and speech, he can prevent his opponents from finding any cause to criticize either him or his teaching.

The charge is for the young people to show good example in their deeds and speech such as cannot be shown to be weak, or unsound; such that no one could find fault, or such as an opponent cannot take hold of ad blame. This implies purity and seriousness in their way of life.

Sources:

MySword for Android. Riversoft Ministry, 2011-2019.

Olive Tree Bible Software, 1998-2020.

Zondervan NASB Study Bible. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan, 1999.

http://www.biblegateway.com

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