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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Titus 2 Women — Part 03

that the older men be sober, reverent, temperate, sound in faith, in love, in patience;

Titus 2:2

LORD Jesus, we praise You for You are all the things we so easily run out of. Without You there is no Hope! You do not only love us, but You are the very essence of Love. You are the God of Patience, too. Help us, O God we pray, that we may learn from Your Word what to do and how to follow in Your Footsteps. In Jesus’ mighty name we pray. Amen.

Before we begin with our study remember this is not just for the older men, but the aged women ought to do likewise as we are told in Titus 2:3. In other words, this is just as relevant for the women as it is for the men.

READ — Let’s read today’s verse again:

that the older men be sober, reverent, temperate, sound in faith, in love, in patience;

ENGAGE — Think

1 What does the verse say that the older men should be like? (Copy/Paste – NKJV)

That the older men be

_____,

_____,

_____,

_____ _____ _____,

_____ _____,

_____ _____;

2 Do you know what the verses/phrases mean? If you want to dig deeper use a dictionary such as Strong’s to find out their original meaning. If you do not have a printed version of a dictionary go to one of the digital study tools like BlueLetterBible.org or E-Sword.net to do the word studies.

APPLY — Think: What is this verse telling us (members of the Body of Christ)?

Sober. We have to stay sober and cannot let alcohol rule our life. Let us stay alert, keep awake and be on our guard for possible dangers.

Reverent. In other words: serious and honest.

Temperate. As Matthew Henry comments, one who is temperate is one who governs well her passions and affections.

Sound in faith. We need to be genuine and grow in our faith more and more. This requires a daily renewing of our mind, not a faith which is only exercised on Sunday.

Love. This is what Jesus tells us in Matthew 22:37-40

You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.

Patience. The original word hypomonē literally means “an abiding under” and is coming from hupo which means “under” and meno which means “to abide.” Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary explains that this original Greek word in general expresses patience with regard to things (not to people).

DO — Think: What (more) can we do?

Keep alert and honest even when life is going smooth — actually especially then. And whenever things do get tough remember that life at this side of the Jordan is only temporary.

Press on!

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