Young men likewise exhort to be sober minded. – Titus 2:6
This is spoken to men, youthful men, those who are freshly men. The recipient of the letter, Titus, is in the same way is to call the young men near. He is to exhort them, invite them, beseech them, petition them with urgency.
Titus is to impress upon them the urgency of being sober minded. It is important to be sound minded. The actions of their mind require safeness of use. They need to act sanely. They need to think in a manner which is moderate. The implication is to use self control.
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“That aged women . . . may teach the younger women . . . to be discreet,”
– Titus 2:2-4
Discreet here is the same as that of sober in 1 Timothy 3:2; sober in Titus 1:8; and temperate in Titus 2:2.
She needs to learn to be safe in mind, that is, be self controlled. She will be moderate as to opinion or passion. To not have opinion or passion is not spoken against here. She will determine that it is necessary to rein in and curb her feelings, those things that affect the mind and her cognitive faculties. It is the idea that excess and strong outward actions and reactions will not be the normal part of her life. Her actions and passions will be channeled and purposed to conclude in a godly and effective result.
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“That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate,” – Titus 2:2
To be temperate is perhaps more likely in aged men. To be temperate has to do first with the feelings. His ways are well enough established that his feelings are not so easily maneuvered to his disadvantage. His feelings are safe.
Feelings are an extension of the mind. His cognitive facilities are well enough established that feelings are better understood. Therefore he is able to establish better self control. He is moderate as to opinion or passion. By moderate, we mean that he is able to restrain, observe reasonable bounds in indulgence regarding an action or set of thoughts.
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“For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not selfwilled, not soon angry,..” – Titus 1:7
In the standards for Christian leadership, comes the description “not soon angry.” Strong’s Concordance describes the word angry as being “irascible.” The transliterated Greek root word is “orge,” or “desire (as reaching forth or excitement of the mind), violent passion or ire, or [justifiable] abhorrence.” – Strongs
Irascible is a description of one who is “very susceptible of anger; easily provoked or inflamed with resentment; irritable; as an irascible man; an irascible temper.” – Webster 1828
It would appear to be an expression of one who lacks self control and needing a measured response to a matter.
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