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Of Titus 2…

 

Titus 2

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.
6 Likewise, exhort the young men to be sober-minded, 7 in all things showing yourself to be a pattern of good works; in doctrine showing integrity, reverence, incorruptibility, 8 sound speech that cannot be condemned, that one who is an opponent may be ashamed, having nothing evil to say of you.  9 Exhort bondservants to be obedient to their own masters, to be well pleasing in all things, not answering back, 10not pilfering, but showing all good fidelity, that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in all things.

11 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, 12 teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, 13 looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, 14 who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.   15 Speak these things, exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no one despise you.

(New King James Version)

“Titus 2” is an often discussed topic among Christian women.   Some love it.  Some hate it.  Some want it.  Some want others to do it.  Some strive to be a Titus 2 woman.  Some are blessed to be that woman.  Some have certain expectations of what a Titus 2 woman should be.  Some will never have that type of woman in their life, because no woman will ever meet their expectations of what a Titus 2 woman should be.  I love what Titus 2 brings out because it is not just about women, but rather is addresses how a healthy church body should function.

I am not going to get into the specifics of  Titus 2:3-5 today, but I did want to share a Titus 2 experience I had yesterday at church.  I have had a question stirring in my mind lately, a rather personal and sensitive question.  There are lots of women to whom I could ask this question and get a Biblical and encouraging response.   Actually, off hand, I am not sure there is one woman I could not have asked.  Well, I prayed about who to ask.  I needed someone who would not be offended or embarrassed by the question.   I wanted a woman who would not have lose lips.  I needed a woman who would be honest.  I really did not need to ask more than one person, so I had to make a choice.

 

So after church, I talked to this woman about my questions and she had some wonderful advice to me.  But you know what the best thing about this conversation was?  She was honest with me and reminded me that I could do it.  Little by little, she said, little by little.  That is so simple, but spot on.  She was right.  I was over thinking and over analyzing this issue.   Due to her life experience as a parent and her life experience as a daughter of the King, she has words that I needed to hear, just at the right time.   And due to my willingness to be honest and open before her she could invest into my life and into the life of my family.  I do not say that to bring any praise to myself, but humility in asking a question and more important humility in listening to the answer is so important for young women.  Us young women (22 😉 ) need to be humble in listening to these older ladies. We need to be willing to listen to and act upon the wisdom and advice of other godly, mature women.

 

I heard this week that only foolish people learn from every one of their own mistakes.  Wise people learn from other people’s mistakes.  And while that is not necessarily the best way to phrase it, it sure struck me funny.  I want to be wise enough to learn from other people’s success and failures.  May God always give me a heart of tenderness toward His Things and His Ways.

 

Now, who wants to know what I asked her?  Too bad, I am not sharing.  Thanks to my Titus 2 ladies, you mean so very much to me, and my kidlets and husband thank you. 🙂

 

Susan

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