Older Men: Man-up in Godly Ways
Sound teaching for aged or older men
Titus 2:2 Teach that the older men should be soberly clear minded [not drunk], dignified [i.e., respectable], and self-controlled — sound in faith, love, and patient endurance. (OEB)
My elder men (brothers) it is time that we man-up in godly ways. The Scriptures make it clear in 6 points via Titus 2:2. Since you are here, invest a few minutes to get a better understanding. No other time in the Bible are we advised directly.
1. Sober – clear minded
Do you drink too much? One of the best ways to avoid getting drunk is to not drink. Otherwise, do so in moderation using self-control.
Ephesians 5:17-18 Therefore, do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord wants you to do. 18 And do not get drunk on wine, which results in ruined lives, but be filled with the Holy Spirit. (AUV)
2. Grave (KJV) – dignified
This is a call to be honest, sensible, and respectable. As a matter of fact, a dignified man respects himself and earns the respect of others. Be honest and well-thought-of senior godly men!
Philippians 4:8 urges us to think (meditate) on things that are honest (i.e., serious; respectable; noble; dignified by holiness). In other words, to be dignified, do things that earn respect. Then the God of peace shall be with you (Philippians 4:9).
3. Temperate – self-controlled/wise
Senior godly men or older men of God are wise, self-controlled, and/or sober-minded. Men of godly wisdom are humble and not big-headed. Therefore, they receive God’s favor and glory (Proverbs 3:34-35).
1 Peter 5:5 In the same way you younger men must submit yourselves to the older men. And all of you must put on the apron of humility, to serve one another; for the scripture says, “God resists the proud, but shows favor to the humble.” (TEV)
4. Sound in faith
You older men should be sound (strong, true) in faith. Put another way, due to your presumed experience, you should have healthy-faith. Let Abraham’s example inspire you; nearly 100 years old trusted that God would “make him the father of many nations” (Romans 4:18-19).
Note: if you are a babe in Christ, you, of course, are not expected to have sound faith.
Romans 4:20 He did not waver through unbelief in the promise of God; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; (RKJNT)
5. Sound in charity – sound in love
Though not stated, it is certainly implied that older men be sound in love. Other phrases in the Scriptures apply to this point as well. For instance, “being rooted and grounded in love,” (Ephesians 3:17). Also, 1 Thessalonians 3:12, “abound in love”, have similar meaning.
The senior godly men are (should be) seasoned lovers and should know ‘true love’.
1 John 3:18 My children, our love should not be only words and talk. Our love must be true love. And we should show that love by what we do. (ICB)
6. Sound in patience
The final point is to be sound in patience. Patience allows us to go through all things in peace. It teaches us to wait on the Lord and not act or react too soon. Have you learned patience?
Hebrews 10:35-36 Do not, therefore, abandon the confidence that you have gained, for it has a great reward awaiting it. 36 You still have need of patient endurance, in order that, when you have done God’s will, you may obtain the fulfillment of his promise. (TCNT)
Given these points, strife to have others say they remember your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Thessalonians 1:3). Man-up my fellow senior godly men and let this lesson make you better older men of God.
Blessings to you and your loved ones—♥ Tim.
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- Note: the key verse(s) are enclosed in parenthesis.
Titus 2:1-10 (2); Ephesians 5:15-21 (17-18); Philippians 4:8-9; Proverbs 3:34-35; 1 Peter 5:5-11 (5); Romans 4:13-22 (18-20); Ephesians 3:14-21 (17); 1 Thessalonians 3:11-13 (12); 1 John 3:16-23 (18); Hebrews 10:26-39 (35-36)
(ICB) Scripture taken from the International Children’s Bible®. Copyright © 1986, 1988, 1999 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved. || (GNT) and (TEV) Scripture quotations marked (GNT) are from the Good News Translation in Today’s English Version- Second Edition Copyright © 1992 by American Bible Society. Used by Permission.