As we hear preachers say many times: "This message this morning is for me more than any of you", todays devotional is for me, but you all can read it if you want to. Few passages in Scripture apply to older men exclusively. Which is why I'm so grateful the Lord gave us today's verse!
In this passage, Paul instructs Titus on the character of mature men in general. He first lists three qualities: temperance, dignity, and self-control. Then, he follows that with three areas in which senior men should be grounded: faith, love, and endurance.
All of these qualities work in concert with each other. Temperance indicates a level of restraint. You should practice moderation. If you cannot exercise this quality, you'll certainly risk undignified behavior. It could even result in public embarrassment and loss of respect. Such actions do not indicate self-control.
Older men should also strive to be "sound in faith, in love and in endurance." James 1 tells us that the testing of our faith produces perseverance. If you are grounded in your faith, then a natural side-effect should be spiritual endurance. Paul also reiterates the importance of love. We older men are always to be motivated by love for God and people, and act from that position of love.
Thank you Lord for this passage, which is a good plumb-line for my life.
May He bless you today, and never forget that you are loved!!!