Faithful in Old Age #266

1  But as for you, speak the things which are proper for sound doctrine: 2  that the older men be sober, reverent, temperate, sound in faith, in love, in patience; 3  the older women likewise, that they be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things— (Titus 2:1-3)

The sound doctrine of Christ includes instruction to older men and women. We sometimes hear it said the older person has “earned the right to say or do whatever they please”. That is not the “sound doctrine” of Christ, it is the wisdom of men. God expects older men and older women to set examples of righteousness in their attitudes, demeanor and conduct. Older men are not given license to be indecent and irreverent. Older women are to exercise self-control in their behavior and language. Follow the “sound doctrine” of Christ in your old age, and your life will strengthen those around you.