LORD Jesus, we praise You for giving us Your Word as a Counsel for our lives. Help us, O God we pray, to seek You early in life — each and every day. Enable us older women to be teachers of good things. Give us wisdom to teach the younger women what Your Word says — and not what we want them to do. Guide the younger women to look beyond the age and faults of the older women and to keep their focus on Your Word. In Jesus’ precious name we pray. Amen.
We are currently preparing for and then having an early Christmas celebration at the weekend. That’s why this blog will be on hold for a short time. Here is something for you (and me) to take along into this week.
If you are following along in our Bible Reading Plan (see sidebar and below) you will read Titus 1-3 today. There are three verses that are found in chapter three which I like to go back to over and over again (Titus 3:3-5).
Let’s begin reading in verse one up to verse five of that chapter:
1 But as for you, speak the things which are proper for sound doctrine:
2 that the older men be sober, reverent, temperate, sound in faith, in love, in patience;
3 the older women likewise, that they be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things—
4 that they admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children,
5 to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be blasphemed.
The phrase “older women” might not only refer to the age here but also to the maturity in the faith. We can only teach what we have learned ourselves. We may teach others some of those things that we have mastered. We might, however, also share with them our experiences of things gone wrong — perhaps because we went our own way and acted contrary to what God’s Word tells us to do? Yes, sometimes our teaching will involve that we are making ourselves vulnerable and that our own faults are being exposed.
With this is mind, let us ask a few questions in regard to the text. How should we behave and what should we not do? What are older women to be? How should we teach the young women? What should we teach the young women? For what important reason should all of this happen?
Be diligent to teach and learn good things.