“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”
“Urge the Young Men to be Sensible”
(Please read Titus 2:1-8)
It’s interesting that in this list Paul mentions several things to be taught to older men, older women and younger women; but concerning young men he says only, “Likewise urge the young men to be sensible” (NAS). It might appear that the young men would get less attention than the others – until you think about what is encompassed by the word “sensible.”
Other versions use different words here, like “self-controlled” or “sober minded.” We might wonder about the latter term, whether it means “not drunk” or possibly “somber.” But sensible we can understand; it expresses the idea of a sound mind, prudence, having the mind in control of the body.
Our text also speaks of older men being sensible and older women teaching younger women to be sensible, so in a perfect world that quality would exist in all of us. Then it isn’t surprising that when only one quality is mentioned for young men, it is that one. To be in control of oneself, a person must have a sound mind. One who is drunk, or insensible, cannot be in control of himself.
If people everywhere were determined to have control of themselves at all times, they would shun any substance or experience that might damage or destroy that control. Sensible people could discern between good and evil. They would act rationally toward their spouses and children and in relationships with others. They would be good citizens. They could restrain themselves from thefts, fights, killings and other out-of-control acts.
Christians must be living examples of the benefits of prudence and self-control. It’s the sensible thing to do.