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Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth: Let’s bow our hearts before the Lord.

Oh Jesus, would You come in these next moments and set captives free by the power of the cross and the power of Your love and the power of Your grace? I pray in Jesus’ name, amen.

Well, we come today to a part of the passage we’re looking at in Titus 2 to a phrase that you may feel when you hear this that maybe you can check out for this session. Let me assure you that this is not a time to check out. I need this session, and you need this session.

Titus chapter 2, verse 1: “Teach what accords with sound doctrine.” And then he goes on to say sound doctrine has implications for everyday life—for men, for women, for younger, for older—and here’s what that looks like when sound doctrine meets life.

Verse 2: “Older men . . .” Then this is what it should look like in older men.

Verse 3: “Older women, likewise, are to be reverent in behavior.”

Reverent in behavior—this is what flows out of the gospel. Then he gives two specific, practical applications.

Number one: “Older women should not be slanderers.” We’ve looked at that phrase. The tongue is impacted by the gospel. Women who are reverent in behavior don’t tear other people down with their words—either verbally, in print, online. We don’t slander. Well, sometimes we do, but …