Titus 2 Women — Part 06

the older women likewise, that they be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things—

Titus 2:3

LORD Jesus, we praise You our Creator. Forgive us, O God we pray, whenever we doubt that You are the sovereign, mighty God who is above all people and governments and above all circumstances. Whatever burden we may carry, LORD, You are the One who is in control and therefore the One who can help us. Let us draw near to our Maker and know that He is a merciful God and Savior. In Jesus’ precious name we pray. Amen.

READ — Today’s verse:

The older women likewise, that they be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, NOT GIVEN TO MUCH WINE, teachers of good things—

(Emphasis mine)

ENGAGE — Think. Fill in the blank. (Copy/Paste – NKJV)

The older women likewise, that they be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, _____ _____ _____ _____ _____, teachers of good things—

Not given: The original Greek word here is douloō and comes from doulos which means slave or bondservant (in a literal or figuratively sense). In other words, not given here means that we should not enslave ourselves or be under the bondage of much wine.

APPLY — What to do and not to do.

Now we could substitute the word wine with many other things like food, especially snacks and sweets, certain kinds of drinks, like coffee or soda, and even some medications which we so voluntarily take without even thinking of their minor or major side-effects.

What are some of the things you are addicted to? Are you struggling to give up a bad habit?

DO — Think and Pray:

I had tried to quit smoking over and over again, but I did not succeed. Yes, I did okay for a while, but then something that was hard to cope with entered my life. I suffered a relapse; and another one, and another one, and so on. Finally I just gave up on trying to quit.

The longer I was a Christian, though, the worse I felt about smoking. One day I got on my knees and cried out to God for help. “I want to quit. What can I do? How will this bad habit ever be broken?” This is what He has asked me to do: “Fast!”

From that day on I fasted all day long. In the evening I had two choices: to smoke and enjoy a cigarette or to eat a lovely meal. Well, from day one and onward I chose the meal. For me it took about 40 days until that bad habit was completely broken. That was 16 years ago.

Please do consult your family doctor first before going on a fast. I will do a series on fasting in the near future. So please stay tuned.

Pray and trust for the LORD to break your bondage.

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Titus 2 Women — Part 05

the older women likewise, that they be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things—

Titus 2:3

LORD Jesus, we praise You for You remain in control no matter what our situation is. You are bigger than every force of nature. You are above every man, every power, every word. Your Word is a mighty Sword. Help us, O God, to learn from Your Word, to know wisdom and to gain understanding. Enable us to follow You in everything we do and by every word we say, O LORD. In Jesus’ powerful name we pray. Amen.

READ — Today’s verse:

The older women likewise, that they be reverent in behavior, NOT SLANDERERS, not given to much wine, teachers of good things—

(emphasis mine)

ENGAGE — Think. Fill in the blank. (Copy/Paste – NKJV)

The older women likewise, that they be reverent in behavior, _____ _____, not given to much wine, teachers of good things—

Malicious gossip is wicked (devilish) in its source. The word used here, namely slanderer, is “diabolos” in the original Greek. It means means devil.

APPLY — What to do and not to do.

Words are powerful. They build up, but they also tear down. Making false and damaging accusations against someone hurts that someone and often her closest relatives as well. Gossip can ruin a whole family and cut the very bond of friends.

This is a sin contrary to the great duties of love, justice, and equity between one another; it springs often from malice and hatred, or envy, and such like evil causes, to be shunned as well as the effect.

Matthew Henry

DO — Think:

In yesterday’s post I wrote that

We should give no room to thoughts that are untrue, dishonest, unjust, or of bad report, but instead use them for good (Philippians 4:8).

It is not possible to think good and bad thoughts both at the same time. Even though bad thoughts do sneak into our minds and sin lies at our door, we should rule over them. How?

Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.

Philippians 4:8

Study, think, and speak good things in your home today.

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Titus 2 Women — Part 04

the older women likewise, that they be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things—

Titus 2:3

LORD Jesus, we praise You and thank You for giving us the Word. Forgive us whenever we neglect to study it diligently. Help us, O LORD we pray, to seek Your will and enable us to do as You have commanded us to do. Guide us through this study that we may not point fingers at others or only see what others have done wrong, but that we will learn and do what pleases You — our God and our Savior. In Jesus’ precious name we pray. Amen.

We arrived at verse three in our study and will tackle the following two verses phrase by phrase. So, fasten your seat belts and let’s dig into the Word.

READ — Today’s verse:

THE OLDER WOMEN LIKEWISE, THAT THEY BE REVERENT IN BEHAVIOR, not slanderers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things—

(emphasis mine)

ENGAGE — Think

The Older Women Likewise

Let’s just review the six characteristics which men ought to have and which women should be likewise: sober, reverent, temperate, sound in faith, in love and in patience.

How are women to be concerning their behavior? (Copy/Paste – NKJV)

That they be _____ in behavior.

Yesterday I tried to put it in two words: serious and honest. You are right, not the best synonyms for it. So, following, are some better ones: devoted, humble, respectful, submissive.

APPLY — What is this phrase telling us?

Looking up this verse in my German Bible and paraphrasing it this is what it says: We need to behave in such a way as Christians ought to behave.

We should be humble and show deep respect. We should give no room to thoughts that are untrue, dishonest, unjust, or of bad report, but instead use them for good (Philippians 4:8). Our actions or talks are not to be in a disoriented or overly excited way.

Ouch! I still have so much to learn about that.

DO — Think: What does this look like in our daily life?

At home, that’s where we need to start practicing our faith because reverent behavior starts in the home, doesn’t it? And I’m not only talking about a daughter showing respect toward her dad or a wife (the mother of the daughter/s) submitting to authority. There is more to it. It’s about a lifestyle, the setting of a beautiful example of a woman (young and old) reverent in behavior.

Shine as a light in your home today.

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