“That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith,”
– Titus 2:2
There are two parts to this verse. The character of aged men are to be sober, grave, temperate, sound. The outworking of these character traits are to be effected three ways. First in faith, second in charity, and thirdly in patience.
IN FAITH. Faith implies that one is persuaded, he has thought it through so that he has credence in the matter. The result is moral conviction regarding these beliefs. All of this has not come about in a day. He is an elder. He has come to some maturity regarding this because he has looked around in a circumspect manner. He is sober.
In faith, he acts in an honorable and respectful manner. He has true reverence regarding the truths of God and their application. He is respected in this. He is grave.
In faith, he is in control of his feelings. He is not likely to be maneuvered to disadvantage. His cognitive facilities are well established so that feelings do not control his actions for he has self control. He is temperate.
In faith, he is characterized by health. This healthiness is a growing strengthening thing. It is characterized by soundness. He is sound.
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