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Titus 3:3 For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, despicable, hating one another.
We so often fail our children when we allow them to grow up with one-dimensional images of what it means to be male or female.
Teaching self-control would be a good place to start educating ourselves and our children about how to be people who look and act like Jesus, seeking to find identities not ruled by mere impulse or dominating others. For Paul, and for us, our true identity is found in Jesus, the ultimate exemplar of how to be human.
By God’s grace, Paul reminds Titus, we can learn to “live lives that are self-controlled, upright, and godly.” Jesus will show us how to find this true strength.
MOVING FORWARD: In what ways has exerting self-control improved your relationships?