A story is told of a father who spent time every day in the tavern. However, he was always warning his son never to drink. Then one snowy day on the way to the tavern the father turned around and saw his son carefully placing his steps in the foot prints of his father. It is said … More
Thus far the apostle has described the misery of a natural state in these verses, which we shall find him pursuing again in some following ones. Here the apostle begins his account of the glorious change that was wrought in them by converting grace.
Paul urges the younger men to be self-restrained and to have self control in every area of their life (v. 6). He says to always set a good example for others and show your own self in all respects to be a pattern and a model of good deeds and work, having the strictest regard for truth and purity of motive, with dignity and seriousness (v. 7). Be sincere and serious when you teach. Use clean language that no one can criticize. Do this, and your enemies will be too ashamed to say anything against you (v. 8). And let your instruction be wise and wholesome, vigorous and irrefutable and above censure, so that your opponents may be put to shame, finding nothing discrediting or evil to say about you.
Paul is exhorting Titus, as a minister of the gospel to set a personal example before the people. A congregation has a right to expect its’ minister to exemplify in daily life that which he challenges them to do. It is never easy to pastor a church. You do not punch a clock; yet you are always on duty. You must be careful to practice what you preach; you must be the same person out of the pulpit as you are in the pulpit. Being a hypocrite in speech or conduct will be a great stumbling block in others coming to Christ. No pastor is perfect, just as no church member is perfect; but he must strive to be the best example possible. A church will never rise any higher than its leadership.
I never expect to be a pastor but have been a missionary for many years and have many who look to me to be a good example in a similar role as a pastor. How do I rate myself on a scale of 1-10 as being a godly example to others?
Likewise, urge the younger men to be self-controlled. Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity, and sound speech that cannot be condemned, so that an opponent may be put to shame, having nothing evil to say about us.
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Titus 1:1-5Paul Gives His Purpose For Living
Titus 1:6-9Qualifications Of a Christian Leader
Titus 1:10-11Don’t Pretend to Be Something You Are Not
Titus 1:12-14False Doctrine Will Spread Rapidly
Titus 1:15-15Nothing is Pure For an Unbeliever
Titus 1:16-16Profession Does Not Mean Possession
Titus 2:1-2Salvation Must be Built on Sound Doctrine
Titus 2:3-5Instructions For Women
Titus 2:6-8Young Men Are to Be Good Examples
Titus 2:9-10Common Sins of Christian Employees
Titus 2:11-12Only by God’s Grace Can we Live The Christian Life
Titus 2:13-13Are You Anticipating The Lord’s Return?
Titus 2:14-15Made a New Creation in Christ Jesus
Titus 3:1-3Doing Helpful Things
Titus 3:4-7The Basis For Our Salvation
Titus 3:8-8How to Show That You Are a Christian
Titus 3:9-9Stop Fighting Other Christians
Titus 3:10-11How to Treat a Divisive Person
Titus 3:12-13God Has The Right Person at The Right Time
Titus 3:14-15How to be Productive For The Lord