Theme of the Week: Titus
Bible Verse: Similarly, encourage the young men to be self-controlled. Titus 2:6
Scripture Reading: Titus 2:6-8
All right, young (and young at heart) men, you’re up. And though it looks like you get off the hook with a short list (only a single thing you are supposed to be taught), we know that the idea of self-control is pervasive in life, and not limited to one area. But let’s start with that area.
Sex and sexuality. Paul may not have had this in mind when he was encouraging Titus to teach self-control to young men, but it is certainly not out of the picture. And in our context, we know that it is one area where both temptation and availability are ubiquitous.
Young men, and I count myself as living in the borderland between young and old, controlling our urges, natural and God-given as they may be, is of paramount concern. The consequences of giving in to our impulses, urges, and lusts can be disastrous for our mental, spiritual, emotional, and perhaps even physical health. Remember Paul’s advice to the unmarried in Corinth, it is better to marry than to burn with lust (1 Corinthians 7:9).
We could end with that. If that is as far as self-control extended, many among us would be happy with that. But self-control, a fruit of the Spirit, extends to all aspects of life.
It means being careful and deliberate with our finances. Spending our money with wisdom and care. Balancing our use of funds for ourselves and the good of others who may be in need (too many Scriptures to reference here.
It means controlling our tongue (see many Proverbs, James, and about a dozen places in Paul’s writings).
Self-control extends even to our emotions, not limited to, but perhaps starting with anger. Do we allow ourselves to simply react to life’s frustrations, or are we at peace, demonstrating the Spirit’s work and influence in our lives?
It extends to our thoughts. Beyond lustful thinking, do we struggle with pride, jealousy, greed? There are many ways that our thoughts can get beyond our control.
Prayer: Lord God, thank you for the blessing of your instruction and direction. Thank you that you have not left us on our own to figure out how to act and respond. Help me today to embrace the calling that you have given me as a man who is following you.
Reflection: Of the categories in today’s reading, which is “easiest” for you, and which is the most difficult. How can you ask the Spirit to help and lead you in these areas.
Copyright © 2023 Impactus | Promise Keepers Canada. All rights reserved.