6 Similarly, encourage the young men to be self-controlled. 7 In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness 8 and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us. 9 Teach slaves to be subject to their masters in everything, to try to please them, not to talk back to them, 10 and not to steal from them, but to show that they can be fully trusted, so that in every way they will make the teaching about God our Savior attractive.
Paul in his writing to Titus gives very clear instructions about differing groups of people. His instructions are not easily misunderstood – they are clear, helpful and insightful. The instructions include both behaviours and speech.
I wonder how often I give vague instructions; leave too much open to interpretation. I love how Paul is so practical – no airy fairy Christianity here!
Encourage, set an example, teach, this is what Titus is to do – and he is to do it in specific areas so that these younger men and slaves know what it means to live as Christians.
I know making application can be difficult – but here I see it once again – Christian instruction that cannot be lived is not Christian. Christianity is intensely practical and gives us a better life when we live in relationship with our Father in heaven through His Son doing that which pleases Him!
Father help me to disciple those around me with practical, clear and doable instruction!
Written by Ps. Richard Botta