Summary: You, however, must teach what is appropriate to sound doctrine. - Titus 2:1 Paul the Apostle wrote this letter to Titus a Overseer who would help ordain and correct false teachers in the Churches in crete. Paul asked him to correct others in in a stron ..
You, however, must teach what is appropriate to sound doctrine. - Titus 2:1
Paul the Apostle wrote this letter to Titus a Overseer who would help ordain and correct false teachers in the Churches in crete. Paul asked him to correct others in in a strong quick way so that they would still remain "in the faith" (Titus 1:13) such strong corrections are needed for those who are leaving the path of truth and causing others to leave also. In contrast to those false teachers Titus was being exhorted to teach God's people things "appropriate to sound doctrine." As we see in the list of moral commands afterwards that the word doctrine did not only mean abstract thoughts about God but practical teachings on how to live to please the Lord (Ephesians 4:1). Just as we teach our children what is appropriate in certain circumstances Overseers need to teach their people as God's children to act rightly. We know as God's children we are to keep our tongues from evil and from speaking evil of others (James 3:9). We are not to with our tongues: Slander, gossip, speak things we do not fully know of, not cursing. True spiritual leaders will teach their people to keep their tongues from such sins.
Polycarp a direct disciple of Apostle John wrote in A.D. 110: "Keeping ourselves from all unrighteousness, evil speaking, false witness; "not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing," or blow for blow, or cursing for cursing, but being mindful of what the Lord said in His teaching: 'Judge not, that ye be not judged; forgive, and it shall be forgiven unto you; be merciful, that ye may obtain mercy; with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.'" The next verse after this passage one of the commands is for older women "not to be slanderers" (Titus 2:3). Older women had a position of teaching the younger women in early Churches and they could cause dissension in the body of Christ, slandering and speaking evil of authority and the Overseers. We can cause great damage to the body of Christ when we do not observe self-control with our tongue. In some Christian traditions there can be a practice of silence in training schools, or Church communities. I remember being in a Christian summer camp where for one meal we did not speak, it was a great lesson for the children. This same lesson we need to consider ourselves to be slow to speak or not speak at all (James 1:19). When we slowly consider our words we can ensure they edify, and are full of grace, mercy, love, faith and hope.