These instructions are an overall exhortation for the various age groups to hold to a sense of duty with regard to their conduct. But none of the instructions given here should be ignored simply because they are not addressed directly to an individual's sex or age group. For example, Paul says "girls should be discreet and modest." Does this mean, then, because it is addressed to girls that a fellow may be as indiscreet and immodest as he wants because he is male? Simply because the fellows are not mentioned does not excuse them from being discreet and modest as well. In an overall sense, God is telling all of us—parents, young people, male, female—to be sane, sober-thinking, serious about our responsibilities, exercising self-control, curbing our passions, and aiming for self-mastery.
There is a proverb that teaches: "He that rules his spirit is better than he who takes a city." Ruling one's spirit involves self-discipline. Self-discipline is willing yourself to do the right, regardless of feelings. It may not be glamorous, but it is the stuff of life.
John W. Ritenbaugh
Sanctification and the Teens
The word hupotasso is translated "obedient" here. The Revised Standard Version uses "submissive." The New International Version reads "subject to," and the Revised English Bible renders it "respecting the authority of."
John W. Ritenbaugh
Submitting (Part 1)
God obviously saw the ongoing need within the church to have clear leadership and education, not only from ordained elders, but also from the older, more experienced, God-fearing people in the church, who should lead by example and exhortation. It is a major responsibility that God expects from all involved, both from those teaching as well as from those being taught.
Precious Human Treasures
Should Women Work Outside the Home (Titus 2:4-5)?
The primary responsibility of all married women should be the home and family, even if they also have outside jobs. We especially recommend that mothers of young children do not work away from home. Titus 2:4-5 tells us that young women should be taught to be "discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be blasphemed."
Nonetheless, there may be times when the husband is unable to provide adequate support because of illness or other extenuating circumstances. It might then be necessary for the wife to get a job for a time to support the family.
However, the happiness and security that results from a woman being a wife and mother should not be sacrificed for a little extra money and a few material possessions. The principle to bear in mind is that any outside work which would hinder a woman from properly discharging her responsibilities in the home is not worth the monetary gain she may receive in return.
Is God a Male Chauvinist?
Men and Women, Hats and Hair
The Perfect Wife
The Role of Women
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