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. 4 Then they can urge the
younger women to love their husbands and children, 5 to be
self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be
subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.
The whole goal of
a Titus 2 woman is to train younger women in Biblical,
simple-to-measure, Spirit-empowered, love-based living.
Paul did not call for
Titus as the pastor to train all the women in these qualities God wanted them
to cultivate; rather he called upon the godly older women of Christ's church.
He singles out the women of faith, those who had already learned to love their
husbands, learned to love their children, and learned to be reverent, godly,
modest and wise—and charged them with seeking out and meeting with every younger
woman in the church.
The older women are to
have mastered all the criteria and the younger women are trained in the last
v. 3a “the older women
likewise, that they be reverent in behavior”
First the godly
character of the older woman in the faith is profiled. Without a reverent
lifestyle behaving like a living sacrifice, dedicated to God—none of the rest
even matter. That is why Paul starts here first!
Paul first draws a
word from the Roman world to capture the entire bearing of these godly role
model women in Christ's church. The Greek word translated “reverent” is used
only here in the Bible, and it conveys the idea of priest-like. That word for
‘acting as a representative of a god’ is the word Paul uses to describe the
devout and godly character of the Titus 2 woman. Older women are to live like holy priests serving
in the presence of God. Their sacred personal devotion to the Lord has slowly
come to influence every aspect of their lives.
Bodies presented as
living sacrifices, holy, acceptable to God, not conformed to this world, but with transformed and renewed
minds, in bodies that are temples of the Holy Spirit
glorifying God in your body and spirit, which are God’s; no longer
living for me, but Christ living through me.
They have presented
themselves to the Lord, they have begun to live life the way God asked them to
live—as a walking temple of God, as a consecrated priest of God, as a living
sacrifice, and as a bondservant of the Lord.
The goal is to be godly women Living as
a Priest for God. How can we as Christian Women help each other grow and live out our faith to be a light in a dark world? Let's be encouragers of one another.
The Bible makes everyone both a trainer and a trainee
In a world where education seems to be offered everywhere, the biblical description of the church as God's training center for holy living is often overlooked. this error becomes obvious when a church lacks leaders. Effective leadership in a church is the result of proper training. When young believers have not been trained the church begins to flounder. Read Titus Chapter 2 Paul instructed Titus to place responsibility of moral leadership on the elders. Older men and women (2:1-5) had to lead the way in personal holiness. If their lives demonstrated the transforming power of the gospel, they would leave a lasting impact on following generations. Young men who saw older men diligently maintaining their faith in Christ would do likewise (2:2). Young women who heard older women encourage them to "love their husbands, to love their children" (2:4) would be more likely to take the counsel to heart if they saw their mentors doing that themselves. Titus himself was to exhort "young men" (2:6). while making sure that he was consistently following the pattern of life he was teaching (2:7).
The degree to which sound training exists in a local church practically determines the health of that church. The pastor may be the designated teacher but the Bible makes everyone both a trainer and a trainee. Church members should rely on each other for spiritual guidance. The older generation should pass on to the next generation their vital Christian faith by word and example. The character that results from this process of spiritual training truly is an eye-catching advertisement for the gospel. Be Blessed and be a Blessing
1. Faith – A Virtuous Woman serves God with all of her
heart, mind, and soul. She seeks His will for her life and follows His ways. (Proverbs
31:26, Proverbs 31:29 – 31, Matthew 22:37, John 14:15, Psalm 119:15)
2. Marriage – A Virtuous Woman respects her husband. She
does him good all the days of her life. She is trustworthy and a help-meet.
(Proverbs 31:11- 12, Proverbs 31:23, Proverbs 31:28, 1 Peter 3, Ephesians 5,
3. Mothering – A Virtuous Woman teaches
her children the ways of her Father in heaven. She nurtures her
children with the love of Christ, disciplines them with care and wisdom,
and trains them in the way they should go. (Proverbs 31:28, Proverbs 31:26, Proverbs 22:6, Deuteronomy 6, Luke 18:16)
4. Health – A Virtuous Woman cares for her body. She
prepares healthy food for her family. (Proverbs 31:14 – 15, Proverbs 31:17, 1 Corinthians 6:19, Genesis 1:29, Daniel 1, Leviticus 11)
5. Service – A Virtuous Woman serves her husband, her
family, her friends, and her neighbors with a gentle and loving spirit.
She is charitable. (Proverbs 31:12, Proverbs 31:15, Proverbs 31:20, 1
6. Finances – A Virtuous Woman spends money wisely. She is
careful to purchase quality items which her family needs. (Proverbs 31:14,
Proverbs 31:16, Proverbs 31:18, 1 Timothy 6:10, Ephesians 5:23, Deuteronomy
14:22, Numbers 18:26)
7. Industry – A Virtuous Woman works
willingly with her hands. She sings praises to God and does not grumble while
completing her tasks. (Proverbs 31:13, Proverbs 31:16, Proverbs 31:24,
Proverbs 31:31, Philippians 2:14)
8. Homemaking – A Virtuous Woman is a homemaker. She creates
an inviting atmosphere of warmth and love for her family and guests. She
uses hospitality to minister to those around her. (Proverbs 31:15, Proverbs
31:20 – 22, Proverbs 31:27, Titus 2:5, 1 Peter 4:9, Hebrews 13:2)
9. Time – A Virtuous
Woman uses her time wisely. She works diligently to complete her daily
tasks. She does not spend time dwelling on those things that do not please the
Lord. (Proverbs 31:13, Proverbs 31:19, Proverbs 31:27, Ecclesiastes 3, Proverbs
16:9, Philippians 4:8)
10. Beauty – A Virtuous
Woman is a woman of worth and beauty. She has the inner beauty that only
comes from Christ. She uses her creativity and sense of style to create beauty
in her life and the lives of her loved ones. (Proverbs 31: 10, Proverbs 31:21 –
22, Proverbs 31:24 -25, Isaiah 61:10, 1 Timothy 2:9, 1 Peter 3:1 – 6)
There's nothing more beautiful in all the world than a woman who is righteous and loves God. That's true beauty.
Often we don't receive the things we ask of God because the motivation in our hearts is wrong. James addresses the Church as the Bride of Christ. He accuses her of spiritual adultery for her love of the things of the world.
God wants our love and commitment for Himself exclusively. when He sees us devoting ourselves to the world and material things He is jealous of our misplaced devotion.
You can't have it both ways - it's time to stop straddling the fence. We can find freedom and peace in God's Word - God's peace.
God will protect us if we ask for His help; we don't have to succumb to the lure of worldly things or desires. God wants us to be concerned with Him and with spiritual things. He knows that the worldly things which tempt us would only leave us dissatisfied.
We can't live life in our own strength, we find strength in our dependence on God. No matter how strong we are, no matter how together we thin we are - it's nothing compared to God.
I believe that today, whatever you’re facing, God wants to remind you that He is with you. I believe God wants you to know that He is able to provide for you, to protect you, to sustain you, and to keep you safe—no matter what you’re facing.
I’m praying today that God will make everyone reading these words aware of His presence and provision today.
Be blessed and be a blessing; know that He is with you.