By Minister Christine Bulley
“Teach the older men to exercise self-control, to be worthy of respect, and to live wisely. They must have sound faith and be filled with love and patience. Similarly, teach the older women to live in a way that honors God. They must not slander others or be heavy drinkers. Instead, they should teach others what is good (Titus 2:2,3 NLT) New Living Translation.
I am deeply indebted to the teaching that was poured into me from this scripture from early childhood of the elders. What they poured into me filled me with respect for God, all elders, as well as a love His word and righteous living. I wouldn’t know anything about righteous living, or right thinking (Christianity). Being an elderly person myself helps me to understand and promote the command that Paul gave Titus to teach both older men and women. We can’t escape it! The Bible is a book that tells us how to live. We don’t always like it, but we always need to hear how God expects us to live. God placed elders here to teach His children how to live holy and righteous lives.
Paul simply wants Titus to fulfill the command of Jesus in Matthew 28:19-20: “Teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you. Our elder’s lives reflect this command, they are capable followers of God their lights shine bright for all the world to see.” What a blessing!