Paul advises Titus to speak of the things that become of sound doctrine (Titus 2: 1-15), based on salvation. By sound doctrine, Paul appeals to sobriety among the aged, faithfulness, temperance, patience and charity. Since the aged were advisors and elders of families, it became essential that they practice the virtues listed above so as not to mislead the young, and consequently lead them to sin. Similarly, women ought to exhibit behavior that reflects holiness, avoiding false accusations, teach the young women on how to love husbands and children. Additionally, women need to be good in keeping their home, obey their husbands, and maintain chastity. Such ensures that the name of God is free from the blasphemy that may occur if Christian women do not abide the rules of God. The same case applies to young men, who ought to be sober-minded and serious in what they do.
Paul instructions create order in the family by ensuring hat each family member play their role by following God’s will. If the aged men and women teach the young one the will of God, the family ties shall blossom and exalt the name of the Lord. Besides, the sound doctrine extends includes the relationship between masters and slaves. If the masters do not steal from their slaves and trust them, the teaching about God would be attractive to all. God’s grace is not discriminatory. As a result, every work, speech, and relationship within and outside the family should uplift righteousness. The approach of upholding good morals agree with the missionary duty of all Christians (“Godly Living and Social Groups,” n.d).
Followers of Christ can know that they live by the sound doctrine if they shun away all ungodly actions, such as avoiding worldly passions. They also need to teach righteousness and rebuke with authority all evil and to let no one despise them and exercise self-control that helps in maintaining the Godly principles.
Godly Living and Social Groups. (n.d). Retrieved on July 7, 2015 from https://www.biblegateway.com/resources/commentaries/IVP-NT/Titus/Godly-Living- Social-Groups