As Fellow Believers in Christ, reasonably articulate and intelligent humans (well ... maybe everyone but me), I believe we need to dwell, pray and articulate why we do what we do as Marriage Mentors.
Titus 2 has a great checklist of sorts about how we are to conduct ourselves as Mentors and Believers doing Good for the sake of the Gospel. So here goes...
• “....must teach what is appropriate to sound doctrine. ...”
• “...Teach the older men to be temperate, worthy of respect, self-controlled, and sound in faith, in love and in endurance...”
• “.... 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. Then they can urge the younger women to love their husbands and children, ....
• “...encourage the young men to be self-controlled. ...”
• “....In everything set them an example by doing what is good. “
• “.....In your teaching show integrity, seriousness 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.”
• “.....For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us ... to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.”
• “....These, then, are the things you should teach. Encourage and rebuke with all authority. Do not let anyone despise you.”
• “....Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good, to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and always to be gentle toward everyone.”
• “...At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. This is a trustworthy saying. And I want you to stress these things, so that those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good. These things are excellent and profitable for everyone.
• “...But avoid foolish controversies and genealogies and arguments and quarrels .... because these are unprofitable and useless.
• “...Everyone with me sends you greetings. Greet those who love us in the faith. Grace be with you all.
In light of this election, it's wise to remember also why we are here and that our ultimate citizenship is not of this Earth – but eternal.
God’s blessings to everyone.
Dean & Laurie