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Paul Gives Titus the Qualities of a Sound Church Part 2
Titus 2:3-4 The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, KJV
Just like the aged men in the Church of our Lord, Master, and Savior Jesus Christ, the aged women play a vital role in the spiritual soundness and health of any Church, for they are the givers of every human life and not only physically, but more importantly spiritually. It is almost certain that in many, most, or the majority of homes where the Mother is an unbeliever, so will the children grow up into their adult lives to follow the same unbelieving path. So, Paul now gives these words to Brother Titus declaring the responsibility of every aged women in the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ, "The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things;" (Titus 2:3) (KJV). The older women in the Church should present to the younger women and girls the behavior of reverence, that is, showing in their lives great reverence for God and also leading a life desiring to please God. Their demeanor to those who are in authority in the Church should be one of respect, but at the same time not one of allowing themselves to be mistreated or disgraced at all.
They should lead a life in their Church and community of blamelessness, not being those who sleep around with other women's husbands in the Church or community, but they are to lead a life as becomes women who have been set aside or consecrated to God. They should not be 'false accusers' and this little Enlish phrase is translated by the Greek word diabolos which means (as used here) a traducer: that is, one who attacks the reputation of another by slander or libel - false accuser. In other words, when a women does this, she is then acting like the devil, for he is called the accuser of the brethren (Revelation 12:10). When Paul writes that they should not be given to much wine, he means that they should not be out of control in their use of wine or any other alcoholic beverage. The idea being that a woman who is under the control of wine will then make unwise choices that may badly affect her and her family and then badly affect the Church of Jesus Christ. The English phrase 'teachers of good things' is translated by the Greek word kalodidaskalos (used this one time only in the New Testament) meaning a teacher of that which is right.
Paul now gives a few examples of the 'good things' the older women should teach the younger women, "That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children," (Titus 2:4) (KJV). In teaching the younger women to be sober, it is meant that they should teach them to be sound of mind and disciplined in their behavior in the Church and outside. Also they were to teach the younger women to love their husbands and this does not mean that the younger women did not already love their husbands (for ofcourse they did), but Paul here means that they are to teach them by words and by illustrating with their own behavior with their husbands how to treat them in private and in public, so as to elevate them and not demean or belittle their husbands. Also to love their children with unconditional love, but at the same time with directive love and love that always includes discipline just as the Proverb says with these words, "He who spares his rod hates his son, but he who loves him chastens him early." (Proverbs 13:24) (MKJV).
Here is what Albert Barnes had to say about the older women teaching the younger women to love their husbands and their children, "Paul directs husbands to love their wives, and in Ephesians 5:33, the wife to reverence her husband, and here he says that it should be one of the first duties enjoined on the wife that she should love her husband. All happiness in the marriage relation is based on mutual love. When that departs, happiness departs. No wealth or splendor in a dwelling - no gorgeousness of equipage or apparel - no magnificence of entertainment or sweetness of music - and no forms of courtesy and politeness, can be a compensation for the want of affection. Mutual love between a husband and wife will diffuse comfort through the obscurest cottage of poverty; the want of it cannot be supplied by all that can be furnished in the palaces of the great. To love their children - Nature prompts to this, and yet there are those so depraved that they have no maternal affection. Religion reproduces natural affection when sin has weakened or destroyed it, and it is the design of Christianity to recover and invigorate all the lost or weakened sensibilities of our nature."
If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ and His amazing healing power, pray this from your heart to the Lord Jesus Christ (you speaking directly to Him), Dear Lord Jesus, I confess to You that I am a sinner and I need Your forgiveness. I believe You shed Your Blood and died for my sins. I believe that You rose from the dead proving that You alone are God. I repent of my sins. I want to turn from my sins. I ask You Dear Lord Jesus to come into my heart and take control of my life. I want You to be my Lord, Savior, and my God. Amen...
Sincerely in Christ,
Clifford D. Tate, Sr.
Author of “Silent Assassins of the Soul - Are you Broken by Pornography and Masturbation? You can be Restored by the Lord Jesus Christ and brought into Deliverance, Freedom, and Victory! A Guide for Men and Women in the Enemy’s Crosshairs” e-book available now @ Amazon Kindle, @ Apple I Bookstore for IPod, Barnes and Noble for Nook, Reader Store for Sony Reade, Kobo, Copia, Gardners, Baker and Taylor, and eBookPie…
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