Each phase of life brings special needs and challenges. All of us face unique temptations and difficulties, as well as opportunities, because of functions and responsibilities the Lord places upon us.
Likewise, urge the younger men to be self-controlled.
Tt 2.6 ESV
Young men have a special need to be self-controlled. The word for self-control has to do with being of a sound mind, possessing sobriety and seriousness.
The urging Paul insists that Titus do is a persuasive insistence to be sure that he is heard. He needs to get their attention, so they will behave properly in the family of God.
Self-control is a fruit of the Spirit available to all and necessary in every saint. Some of us have a greater need for it, however, like the younger men. As Paul considers the age, sex, and family status of each saint, he sees self-control as a quality especially important to the young men, because they have a tendency to be impulsive, to act without thinking.
The gospel has something to say to us all, whatever our station of life. The Spirit of God can work in us, whatever challenges we face. To the Lord, no trial or challenge is greater than another.
- What special challenges do you face, in your situation of life?
- Is self-control a quality you need? What makes it important for you?
- What do you need to do to become a more disciplined person?