I have always assumed that being sober meant not being drunk. But I have recently stumbled upon the actual meaning of sober and thought I’d share. Although it does mean not being drunk, it also means:
“To do one’s duty, be moderate, self-controlled, thoughtful,
and to learn to make wise decisions and judgements.”
~Debi Pearl, Created to be a Help Meet.
This makes that passage of scripture in Titus take on a whole new meaning for me. I am reading her book “Created to be a Help Meet” for the second time. And, like everything else since becoming free in Christ, I am seeing it and understanding it in a whole new light.
The whole Titus 2 passage is:
“The aged women likewise, that they be in behavior as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; that they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.” (Titus 2: 3-5)
I am sure it is referring to both definitions. But I can also see how being moderate, self-controlled, thoughtful and a wise decision-maker will lend a hand to loving your husband and kids, being discreet, chaste, a keeper at home, good and obedient!