Qualities of a Sound Church – Women

The older women likewise, that they be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things – that they admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the Word of God may not be blashphemed.

Titus 2:3-5

WOW!  What a calling!  Several things jump out of those few verses that are filled with wise advice.

1.  The older women – not some of the older women.

  • If you think about it, each and every one of us “teach the younger women” SOMETHING, simply by our actions.  If we are not deliberately and intentionally teaching them AND showing by example how to live God’s way, then we are teaching them that it’s not important, or at least to be indifferent to God’s teachings.
  • For teens up, we are all “older women” to someone. We are to teach those either physically or spiritually younger than we are.

2.  Some of this seems “unnecessary” (love your husbands, love your children…), but a quick glance at our culture SCREAMS that it is very necessary.

The reason that all of this matters is because Satan loves to divide and conquer families.

If we, as “older women” would teach the younger women to:

  • love their husbands and be obedient to them – divorce rates would drop
  • love their children – abortion rates would drop
  • be discreet – failed friendship rates would drop
  • be chaste – infidelity (both premarital and marital) rates would drop
  • be homemakers – safe havens where families want to be would be created
  • be reverent in behavior – cause for criticism of the church would decrease drastically
  • not to be slanderers – sin would be addressed and corrected at the source (with the individual), not used as an example to the world of yet another “failed” Christian (hypocrite)
  • to be sober -we would take our role of influencers seriously, not letting our own desires steal away our testimony

We (myself included) have really lost sight of the importance of our influence.  We are sorely lacking in this area, ladies, and I, for one, think that it’s high time that we step up to the plate and start restoring soundness to the church!

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5 Comments »

  1. Terri Said:

    Oh how true this is, Beth. What a difference it could make and to think that it could start with me. I’ve often told my boys as hey were growing up to “be a good example”.

    Thank you for this gentle reminder.

  2. Alden Said:

    Thank you Beth for speaking the truth in love. Our women in the church must realize how important their influence is in teaching and training younger women in the church.

  3. The foundation for a better Christian life must start with mothers and fathers doing their job at home instead of letting the school system do the job for them. We as parents are failing to do what we should with our children so Beth as you have stated there are so many failing that we must take back. We are surely falling short of what God expects us to do as parents, as famiies, and as grandparents. May God forgive us when we are falling so short of his word.

  4. Karen Farrand Said:

    Beth, this is so true.
    We have lost as a society the primary commands of God for the home.
    Oh, that we would repent and turn around!

  5. Nancy Said:

    This is a wonderful reminder to me to be willing to mentor the younger women, teens, children, whoever seeks such friendship. Retirement is “sweet” and looking back at a very long marriage where God was welcome, now keeping in touch with my children, grandchildren and even great grancdchildren, I have had and still have a mission field within my own family. There is a plaque on my kitchen wall that reads “Here’s to good women: ‘May we know them, be them, raise them.'” May we be good women in His sight as we obey His love letter from heaven.


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