Tuesday, February 20 – Titus 2:2

Feb 19, 2024

Older men are to be temperate, dignified, self-controlled, sound in faith, in love, in perseverance.

 

What are some words others might use to describe you? Many of us describe others based on their personalities. We say people are serious or funny; they are strait-laced or laid-back; they are sociable or quiet. In this passage, Paul reminds us of specific personality traits we need to pay attention to. These descriptors encompass more than just one-time behaviors; they refer to behaviors that happen consistently enough to become a mark of who those people are. Having these descriptors as the standard for believers may feel overwhelming because it is so different from our nature, but it is possible through the work of the Holy Spirit.

 

Galatians 5:22-23 says, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” These things Paul called the older men toward should be a reality for all who are in Christ. We all need to be changed by the Spirit to the point that He becomes the most distinctive part of us. Your faith is more than a part of who you are. If you are made new in Christ, your entire life is now in Him, and you are a new person. You may be an introvert, extrovert, intellectual, or dreamer but there is something more enduring and lasting in you: You have been changed eternally by Christ, and you are being made into His image in all areas of life.

 

  • What are the distinctive parts of who you are? How has Christ changed you?
  • In what areas do you need to grow further in the image of Christ?
  • Pray and ask God for His help to grow more in producing the fruit of the Spirit.
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