Following Paul’s release from his first Roman imprisonment, he and Titus worked briefly together in Crete, after which he commissioned Titus to remain there as his representative and complete some needed work. Crete at the time had sunk to a deplorable moral level. The dishonesty, gluttony and laziness of its inhabitants were epic. Paul’s letter to Titus was to give him authorization and guidance in meeting opposition, instructions about faith and conduct, and warnings about false teachers.
In chapter 2 Paul instructs Titus what must be taught to the various groups.
To older men he should teach that they should be temperate, worthy of respect, self-controlled, and sound in faith, in love, and endurance.
To older women he should teach them to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. So they in turn can train younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands.
To younger men he should encourage them to be self-controlled, and set a good example by doing what is good.
To slaves he should teach them to be subject to their masters in everything, try to please them, not talk back and steal, but show that they can be fully trusted.
He finishes the chapter with verse 15. “These, then, are the things you should teach. Encourage and rebuke with all authority. Do not let anyone despise you.” Sometimes easier said than done.