Titus 2:3-6 The Message (MSG)
Your job is to speak out on the things that make for solid doctrine. Guide older men into lives of temperance, dignity, and wisdom, into healthy faith, love, and endurance. Guide older women into lives of reverence so they end up as neither gossips nor drunks, but models of goodness. By looking at them, the younger women will know how to love their husbands and children, be virtuous and pure, keep a good house, be good wives. We don’t want anyone looking down on God’s Message because of their behavior. Also, guide the young men to live disciplined lives.
Walking alongside a fellow life traveler, learning from, imparting to them lessons gleaned from the journey is an integral part of ministry. No one has all the answers. Nobody gets everything right. But as we partner with God the experiences we have, the insights we gain are valuable tools in drawing others to Christ and providing encouragement and hope on the difficult paths everyone walks.
Jesus Himself provided the ministry model we are to adopt as our own method of reaching out to others. A careful study of His life, especially His interactions with His closest twelve disciples, reveals the characteristics of a good mentor: authenticity, patience, flexibility, intentional interactions, love, and above all a daily connection with God.
As Titus 2 reveals, we are to prioritize mentoring relationships - not as a method of lording over others our point of view, but rather as intentional building-up places where hope, encouragement, and love are shared.
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