Titus 2 Women — Part 07

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 that You have given us Your Word. Forgive us whenever we want to do things on our own terms and press on our own agenda. We know that Your timing and Your will are perfect. Help us to seek Your counsel so that we know what to learn, how to live, and how to teach others. In Jesus’ holy name we pray. Amen.

She got my attention at a social media platform because of what she wrote about womanhood, marriage, and motherhood. After a while, however, I became upset about her texts. How come? It was her way of saying things. She kept pointing the finger and accussed these young women of today of doing things the wrong way; and yet she would never teach them how to live according to God’s 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. Fill in the blank. (Copy/Paste – NKJV)

The older women likewise, that they be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not given to much wine, _____ _____ _____ _____—

We need to be aware that there is a difference between teaching and preaching. The preaching done by many of the older women will not be of much help to the younger women. I’m guilty of it! I have done it before, I’m afraid.

Listen to what William MacDonald writes:

Although not assigned a public teaching ministry in the church, older women are commissioned to teach in the home. Who can measure the potential of such a ministry!

Believer’s Bible Commentary

APPLY — How can we, the older women, teach the younger women?

The best teaching happens by example, doesn’t it? There are so many teachers in colleges and schools today who possess a knowledge of the subjects in theory but who do not know how to put knowledge into practice. Don’t let us become teachers like that. Instead, let us encourage, guide, and teach the young women by example.

DO — Think and Pray:

Those whose actions and behaviour become holiness are thereby teachers of good things; and besides this, they may and should also teach by doctrinal instruction at home, and in a private way.

Matthew Henry

In other words, teaching young women at home is not restricted to the teaching of how to bake, cook, clean, and other household tasks. We may, as well, teach them by setting an example through our actions and behavior and by sharing with them what God’s Word says about women, wives, and mothers.

May God teach you how to pass on God’s Word to the next generation.

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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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