But as for you, speak the things which are proper for sound doctrine (Titus 2:1).
Whenever we hear of someone preaching sermons on doctrine we often consider baptism, authority, marriage and divorce, instrumental music, etc., as subjects that are fitting. However ‘doctrine’ is described by Paul as being matters of the family. His admonition to Titus was to preach those things proper for “sound doctrine” and then begins to show the example of older men and women teaching young men and women. This included the behavior of servants showing good fidelity toward their masters.
Sound doctrine is teaching the word of God and older men must be proper examples of the doctrine of God in their lives. This also goes for older women who profess the character of the doctrine of God in their lives. Included in this need for sound doctrine is the work of older folk teaching younger folk the doctrine of God. The doctrine Paul was trying to get Titus to follow for young and old is to be proper examples to others and teaching others the principles of the Lord.
If you are an older man follow the sound doctrine of being sober, reverent, faithful, loving and patient. Older women show sound doctrine when they are become as Paul describes in Titus 2:3-5. Young men and women learn from the older folk – that is sound doctrine. Employees (servants) exemplify sound doctrine toward their employers (masters) when they are “well pleasing in all things, not answering back, not [stealing], but showing all good fidelity, that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in all things” (Titus 2:9-10).
Adorn the doctrine of God by living as a family of those who follow sound doctrine in their lives – each day.
The light that shines farthest shines brightest at home.