Character Consistent with Godliness
2 Your duty is to teach them to embrace a lifestyle that is consistent with sound doctrine. 2 Lead the male elders[a]into disciplined lives full of dignity and self-control. Urge them to have a solid faith, generous love, and patient endurance.
3 Likewise with the female elders,[b] lead them into lives free from gossip and drunkenness and to be teachers of beautiful things.[c] 4 This will enable them to teach the younger women[d] to love their husbands, to love their children, 5 and to be self-controlled and pure, taking care of their household and being devoted to[e] their husbands. By doing these things the word of God will not be discredited.
6 Likewise, guide the younger men into living disciplined lives for Christ.
Be an Example
7 Above all, set yourself apart as a model of a life nobly lived. With dignity, demonstrate integrity in all that you teach.[f] 8 Bring a clear, wholesome message[g] that cannot be condemned, and then your critics will be embarrassed, with nothing bad to say about us.[h]
9 Servants[i] are to be supportive of[j] their masters and do what is pleasing in every way. They are not to be argumentative 10 nor steal[k] but prove themselves to be completely loyal and trustworthy. By doing this they will advertise[l] through all that they do the beautiful teachings of God our Savior.
God’s Grace, Our Motivation
11 God’s marvelous grace[m] has manifested in person, bringing salvation for everyone.[n] 12 This same grace teaches us how to live each day as we turn our backs on ungodliness and indulgent lifestyles,[o] and it equips us to live self-controlled, upright, godly lives in this present age.[p] 13 For we continue to look forward to the joyful fulfillment of our hope in the dawning splendor[q] of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus, the Anointed One.[r] 14 He sacrificed himself for us that he might purchase our freedom from every lawless deed and to purify for himself a people who are his very own,[s]passionate to do what is beautiful in his eyes.