Having exhorted older men (v.2), older women (v.3), and young women (v.4), Paul now instructs Titus on how to deal with the younger men.
Likewise, urge the younger men to be self-controlled.
Beginning with likewise, we see that the instruction for the younger men is not all too different to that which has gone before. Paul writes that they are to be self-controlled. If you have ever met any younger men, you will know this doesn’t come natural, therefore, there is some urging needed!
At a turbulent time in their lives, what the younger men are being urged to do is keep under control what they have the power to keep under control. Whilst they may not be able (although they may feel like they can) to control the entire universe with their youthful exuberance, Paul is essentially saying that they are to take their life seriously, they are to pay attention to their character and conduct, and that they are to consider the outlet for their natural zeal for life.
Really, when we think about it, this is also likewise applicable to us all regardless of the station of life we find ourselves at. For a takeaway from Titus 2.6, my mind went here, to the first stanza of the serenity prayer,
God grant me the serenity To accept the things I cannot change; Courage to change the things I can; And wisdom to know the difference.
Pray this prayer today, and then, in the words of Paul to Titus and of the serenity prayer, be self-controlled and change the things you can.