I had the pleasure to guest post this week over at A Look at the Book, a great Bible resource blog for women. It is truly my heart’s passion to minister to women, specifically mothers, no matter where on the spectrum they lie. So the passage from the Bible I chose to elaborate on was Titus 2:3-5, in which Paul gives quite a hefty assignment for women….
“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 it 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 Titus, Paul is writing to the book’s namesake, a Greek representative to the island of Crete. The letter is a basic outline telling Titus how to do instruct church leaders and followers. Earlier in chapter one, Paul instructs Titus how to choose elders and warn against the trap that many Cretans, and frankly, all humans fall prey to. He opens chapter two with a list of what must be taught to various groups in the church. In verses three through five, he talks specifically about what should be taught to women. He encouraged the matriarch of these families to live in community, to do life together, and to model and mentor the younger adult and newer Christian women.
We all learn in some ways by example and surrounding ourselves with high-caliber women, whom we can learn from and then opening ourselves up to pass that wisdom on to others, just like iron sharpens iron (Proverbs 27:17)…. Keep reading over at A Look at the Book!