Develop Young Men

6 Young men likewise exhort to be sober minded. 7 In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity, 8 Sound speech, that cannot be condemned; that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you. (Titus 2:6-8)

Paul tells Titus that he must also develop young men. Only one exhortation is specifically directed to young men? Does it mean that they only need one? Does it mean that they are somehow more saintly? Does it mean that they require less instructions? Does it mean that they are not important? I think not. Remember that Titus and Timothy are both young men. Therefore, whatever is said to them is directed to all young men. Young men must live wisely and with self-control just as the older men. They must be sober-minded. The mind of the young are so impressed by that which they see. Paul tells Titus that he must be an example by doing good deeds. When these young men watch Titus live a life pleasing to Christ, it may be that other young men will follow this example. Paul tells Titus that you must walk the talk. He says in essence you must be a doer of the Word and not a talker (or hearer) only. Many of our young men have gone astray. They are looking for an example. Someone who will show them righteous living and the seriousness of their walk. One who will show them by sound doctrine the seriousness of their teaching. To develop and teach young men, there must be a high degree of integrity. Titus has a responsibility to develop the young men. The young men has a responsibility to be developed into the young men that God is seeking.

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