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TFTD: Where have all the good examples gone?
Titus 2:1-8 (New International Version)
1You must teach what is in accord with sound doctrine. 2Teach the older men to be temperate, worthy of respect, self-controlled, and sound in faith, in love and in endurance. 3Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. 4Then they can train the younger women to love their husbands and children, 5to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.
6 Similarly, encourage the young men to be self-controlled. 7In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness 8and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us.
Where have all the “good examples” gone? The above text is qualities of a sound church. I would take it a step further and say that these are qualities of a sound home, job, school, and life. But I have to ask; where have all the “good examples” gone? I look around at our mature and seasoned generation and I fear that in the body of Christ many have gotten away from the qualities of a sound church.
If our older men do not exercise respect, self-control, self-restraint; then what do we expect our young men to do? If older women aren’t respectful in the way they live and not slanderers then how will they be able to teach the young women? Where have all the “good examples” gone? The word says, once the older men/women are taught how to live a certain way, then they will be able to train the younger women and younger men. The problem I see today is that we have older men and women spreading their misguided views to a very impressionable generation. People bring their past hurts, disappointments and failures into everything they say and do. If something didn’t work for them they sell that failure to the next generation.
It’s a psychological cancer that spreading like wild-fire. If college didn’t work for me, then I’m less likely to encourage the younger people to pursue higher education. If my marriage failed, then I would less likely promote marriage to others. If I was hurt while I was exercising self-control, respect, and kindness then I am more likely to encourage people to be mean because people will hurt you anyway. If God didn’t answer my prayers, then I’m more likely to relay a message of doubt when it comes to having a relationship with Christ.
Think about the example you have been setting to others; are there things that you failed at or an area in your life in which you were hurt? When people see you; what message are you sending them about that area in your life? Sometimes you don’t have to say a word, but your facial expressions and body language will tell it all.
To my older men; what does your example tell the younger men who are watching you about respecting God, self, women, and the church? To my older women; what does your example tell the younger women about caring for self, family, husband, being kind, self-controlled, and more? Maybe it’s time to be re-taught. This generation and the generations to come need good, strong godly examples to follows. We have to become saturated with the Word of God so that we don’t allow the attitudes and behavior of the world to overtake us and the future generations.
Where have all the good examples gone?
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Mrs. Nicole “Sunshine” Ellis
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