I am so grateful for the godly women that God has placed in my life. They have been an encouragement and great support as I have grown in my walk with the Lord. Now, I find myself stepping into that same role. There are some of you who are fulfilling this role as we speak. Praise God for you!
There are those of us who have watched and learned from you and it is our turn to step up. Like me, you may have many questions running through your mind. Such as… What does my role look like? What do I teach the younger women? What do I look like as an older woman? Praise God, He has given us direction in the book of Titus 2.
Come along with me as we walk through these verses and prayerfully consider what is being taught.
Older women likewise are to be reverent in their behavior, not malicious gossips nor enslaved to much wine, teaching what is good, so that they may encourage the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be sensible, pure, workers at home, kind, being subject to their own husbands, so that the word of God will not be dishonored. Titus 2:1-5
They Have Fought the Fight:
In these five verses, Paul gives a description of an older woman. Ok! Do not be offended by the word older; it does mean older in age but the word carries with it the idea of a mature woman.
She has fought this fleshy battle and by the grace of God has slain those giants and is here to encourage and teach us what the Lord has taught. These women have learned to be good workers at home, they have learned to love their husbands and their children. They have learned to be subject to their own husbands. Through tears, many frustrations and through the grace of God they have matured into older godly women.
To learn something is to be engaged with something… they have engaged in this Christian life. They have fought for the glory and the honor of God. They have fought to teach us to fight and maybe have even saved us from making some of the same mistakes they have.
God’s Description of a Godly Woman:
Titus 2:3 teaches that an older woman is to be:
- Reverent in her behavior.
- Consecrated to God.
- An example of holiness, in her speech, her conduct, and her dress.
- A guide to young women for Jesus Christ.
Older women are called to be an example of good behavior and to teach pure sound doctrine. A woman who is a malicious gossip and addicted to much wine is not teaching what is good. Nor is she a good example to the younger women.
What is the good teaching she is called to? Why is she called to it?
Titus 2:4-5 answers both of these questions. We can put a parenthesis around verses 4-5 and say it this way “Teach the younger women to make her home her highest priority.” All aspects of the home. In many ways, Satan has gotten a foot-hold on the family and the home. Feminism encourages women to step outside their biblical role and that there is no order in the family, but God’s word teaches differently.
- Love Your Husband: Respect him as the leader of your home.
- Love your Children: Selfless, sacrificial love. Meeting their needs, sacrificing your wants and desires to show them Jesus.
- Be sensible: Have common sense. Have a sense of what is proper as a Christian. Avoid extremes. Know your priority and be devoted to them. (Husband and children)
- Be pure: In sexual purity and faithfulness. Be faithful to your husband, in the way you speak to other men. In the way you dress. Ladies our bodies are a temple of the living God and they are for your husband. Not for anyone else. Dressing modestly is an example of being faithful to your husband.
- Be workers at home: Make your home your number one priority. This is not saying you cannot work outside the home. Sometimes you have to, but it should be out of necessity and not out of a lust for more of what the world offers. You know, those things that will burn and moths come in and destroy. More shoes, more clothes…
- Be subject to your own husband: Be willing to place yourself under the authority of your husband, who is the head and authority of the family.
Charles Spurgeon describes a godly woman this way:
There is no more charming sight under heaven, I think, than that of an elderly Christian lady, whose words and whose whole life are such as becometh the gospel of Christ.
These verses in Titus have given us a list of worthy behavior. Behavior that honors God and His word. It holds Him and His word above everything that comes up against it. We are in a battle for the family. If we fall prey to the lies of Satan and his world, we the Christian, God’s children, bring dishonor to Him and His word.