The Titus Woman
By Cheryl McCloud
I found myself recently in Titus and have been meditating on the words given to women.
Manyof us are very familiar (and sometimes overwhelmed by) the godly woman in Proverbs 31, but Titus goes a step further by telling us that older women are called to influence younger women. And the “older” and “younger” don’t necessarily have anything to do with age.
Titus 2:3-8 says: Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. Then they can urge the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God..... In your teaching show integrity, seriousnessand soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us.
The verses continue ...
For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ. ... These, then, are the things you should teach."
Women who are mature Christians, whose lives reflect Christ, are teaching less-mature and new Christian women. Beyond that, those women also are speaking volumes through their lives, words and actions to non-Christians around them – probably a whole lot more than we all realize.
Listen to friends, family and co-workers. See, really see, the types of TV programs and movies that are out there. Infidelity, profanity and selfishness riddle the world’s concept of family.
If our focus is on God, if we are “self-controlled” instead of self-consumed, what a switch from what the world expects.
To be busy at home instead of always grabbing at self-gratification. If we seek to serve our husbands and children, think of the example and foundation we establish in their lives.
How often has an act of kindness touched your life? Chances are you remember it; it made an impression, an impact in your life. Someone went out of their way to show that they cared, that you mattered.
Little notes that have been sent my way I’ve kept and treasured. Not all came during an obvious crisis in my life, but all were an unexpected note that reminded me that someone cared.
I treasure the “mature” women who have guided – and continue to guide me today – during my Christian walk. Their words have encouraged me, guided me and yes, taken me to task when I’ve strayed off the path He’s set before me.