Sharing Life: Being An Example - Richard Quinn

    One of the ways the word says that we can share life is to be an example. Paul tells us in Titus chapter 2 how we can live a God filled life. Paul is speaking to Titus and is telling him how we can be an example for others in the body.

 Titus 2:2 says: That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience.

This is saying that the older men in the assembly should be an example to the younger generation. The older members are to set the standard for the younger members. They are to be showing the younger men how to walk out the word in good judgment, being respectable, being
sound in faith, which is having a good knowledge of YHWH'S word. They should be walking in love, not being bitter, but being kind, understanding, and walking in patience. Being steadfast, accepting the difficulties that come with life. The younger generation will watch and see how we are dealing with problems. They will follow our example and do as we do.

   Paul goes on to say that the aged women are likewise to be an example.

Titus 2:3 says: The aged women likewise, that they be in behavior as becometh holiness, not
false accusers, not given to much to wine, teachers of good things.

Paul is telling us that the ladies of the church are to be reverent in demeanor.

I Timothy 2: 9-10 says: (9) Also that women should adorn themselves modestly and appropriately and sensibly in seemly apparel, not with elaborate hair arrangement or gold
or pearls or expensive clothing. (10) But by doing good deeds as befits women who profess reverential fear for and devotion to YHWH.

 The older ladies of the assembly are to be adorned in the good deeds they can do in fear and
devotion to YHWH. The ladies should be dressing modestly so that the younger generation will follow the example. The older ladies are to watch the words they speak, they are not to be false accusers. They are to be teachers of good. Good rather than bad is to flow from a Godly women.

We have to teach by example as well as by mouth. We will not only teach the word to the younger generation, but we have to live it so that they can see how we walk it out daily. The older women have the responsibility of training the younger women.

Titus 2: 4-5 says: (4) That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, (5) to be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.

The Apostle Paul lists several qualities for the younger women to have. One is to love their husbands. She is to be a helpmate. Marriage is a two way street with love, respect, and adoration.

Ephesians 5:33 says: However each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.

If the husband is loving his wife as he loves himself, then his wife will have no problem loving him. The next quality we see is she is to love her children. In loving her children, her love will lead her to do what is best for them, to bring them up in the nurture of the Lord. Young women are also to be sober minded, not frivolous, they should be chaste- clean, pure, workers at home- managers of the home, kind, good hearted and affectionate.

The last quality Paul lists is to be in subjection. She is to be a helpmate to her husband, not a slave. We can see that there is nothing more beautiful to YHWH, then when a family is reflecting his will, by showing a place for the husband, wife and children. The world is watching
to see how we act as husbands, and wives.

     Lastly the Apostle Paul speaks to the young men in the assembly.

Titus 2: 6-7 Young men likewise exhort to be sober minded. (7) In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works, in doctrine shewing uncorreptness, gravity, and sincerity.

The young men have a responsibility to be sober minded, which is exercising control over youthful desires. He too has to show a pattern of good works.

      We have to remember that the world is watching us. They see how we act as husbands, wives, and as a family. We have to let the light of Yeshua shine through us.

Matthew 5:14-16 says (14) You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. (15) Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. (16) In the same way let your light shine before men that they may see your good deeds and praise your father in heaven.

We can let our light shine by being an example to others in the body. No matter what our age, we can apply the words of Apostle Paul to our lives.

                      Blessings and Shalom,
                                Rick Quinn