2:1 You, however, must teach what is appropriate to sound doctrine. 2 Teach the older men to be temperate, worthy of respect, self-controlled, and sound in faith, in love and in endurance.
3 Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. 4 Then they can urge the younger women to love their husbands and children, 5 to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.
6 Similarly, encourage the young men to be self-controlled. 7 In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness 8 and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us.
9 Teach slaves to be subject to their masters in everything, to try to please them, not to talk back to them, 10 and not to steal from them, but to show that they can be fully trusted, so that in every way they will make the teaching about God our Savior attractive.
11 For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. 12 It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, 13 while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, 14 who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.
15 These, then, are the things you should teach. Encourage and rebuke with all authority. Do not let anyone despise you.
There is one thing that is for sure about relationships – people want someone to care about them. This relationship goes beyond the common ones that we all have. These are more about an intentional investment into someone’s life that helps them become a better individual. This is the relationship of a mentor.
Some of the most memorable relationships that we have are with people that help us in life. I had a man pour into my life for three years that helped change my perspective on the way I spoke and thought. He introduced me to important people as if I was his son and lovingly admonished me when it was necessary. The impact that was forged on my life is being passed on to my family as I watch them interact with friends in ways that I have been interacting with them.
Paul gives us the elements of a mentor. He writes, “We proclaim Him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom so that we may present everyone perfect in Christ” (Col. 1:28). The word translated “perfect” means complete or whole. When we take time to sew attitudes and actions of Christ’s righteousness into another, the opportunity to help shape them into a more complete individual, showing them how valuable that way of life really is.
Do have someone that you have taken under your wing in a mentor relationship?
Do you need a mentor?
Be encouraged to act on this relationship and be strengthened in preparing a life for greater things in Christ.
Record your thoughts on today’s scripture, and seek out a mentor relationship.
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“For I am not ashamed of the gospel for it is the power of God for the salvation of all who believe…” Romans 1:16