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Titus 2:3

Jun 8, 2018   //   by Charlie Garrett   //   Daily Writing, Epistles, Epistles (written), Titus, Titus (written), Writings  //  5 Comments

Friday, 8 June 2018

…the older women likewise, that they be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things — Titus 2:3

Paul now turns from “the older men” of the previous verse, to “the older women.” They, likewise, are to “be reverent in behavior.” Paul uses two unique words here. The first indicates behavior or demeanor. It is a compound word which gives the sense of “settled according to a fixed, exact design” (HELPS Word Studies). The second word, indicates a sacred place, such as a temple. Thus the older women are to have behavior which is holy, sacred, and befitting of God.

He then says, “not slanderers.” The same words here, when used with an article, would indicate “the Slanderer,” meaning the Devil. Thus it would be accusers, or those who unjustly criticize and judge others. Such would be backbiters who demonstrate an evil nature as they talk in an ill manner of others.

Next, he says the older women are not to be “given to much wine.” The word he uses indicates “being enslaved by.” Thus, the older women are not to be prisoners to the bottle. They are to be temperature, drink moderately, and avoid drunkenness. They are to remain sober and alert.

Finally, the older women are to be “teachers of good things.” Instead of drinking and being irreverent slanderers, they are to rightly instruct their children, and also any other younger women, in the way to act properly. Their lives and attitudes are to be examples to follow, not examples to quickly avoid.

Life application: We all have choices to make each day. How will we conduct our lives? What words will we speak? What actions will we demonstrate to the world around us? Each thing we do will be seen by those around us, and they will make their determinations about our character – especially our relationship with the Lord – based on those things we do, say, and live out. Let us remember this, and be careful to conduct our lives with the constant remembrance that our commitment to the Lord is a part of the evaluation of our character.

Heavenly Father, the things we say, the things we do, and the lives we live… these are all being looked at by others, and they are being processed in our relation to You. Are we exalting You with our actions? Are we bringing glory to You with our words? Will people say, “I want to know more about Jesus,” because of how they view us? Help us to remember this at all times, and help us to be lights which shine out Your glory for others to see. Amen.

5 Comments

  • Yup this is a daily battle each and everyday! Unfortunately we tend to have a losing record when determining the value of our actions to those around us. At the moment the action seems fine but then hindsight kicks in and now its not so fine! I.e. You have a picture ( not porn) but a little risqué and after you show it to a friend you start second guessing yourself? Did I cross a line that shouldn’t have been crossed, did I damage my living testimony to Jesus or am I just being a little to prudish over this??? Try as we may I think the only way we will fully understand the plus and minus of our actions is when we stand before God to judge our works here on earth. For now we can only hope to do our best and make the right judgements when presented with these situations and pray for guidance for our actions.This is what makes us different from the world. We have Jesus looking over ours shoulders nudging us to make right choices ( sometimes we do listen) where as the unsaved work on impulse and have no thought of consequences for their actions. Thank God for never abandoning us to our own desires and lust but for being an ever present guide shining the light on the straight and narrow path home Amen

    Ya Auto fingers again? I wish I could take credit for this but it’s not coming from me! I am just the lords dictating machine here! I know this is ment for someone out there.

    Grace Mercy and Peace to you and yours
    God Bless my friend(s)

  • BLESS GOD PRAISE JESUS! I think one to remember is not to let others lower the bar such as media and other proclaiming Christians or atheists. The gospels clearly show us a definite level to aspire too.

  • Gotta love the auto fingers. God bless you both. We are on the path home; let’s keep our eyes on it always!

  • I love reading your comments Gordon and Sean, and I love the way Charlie is finishing up each morning with a prayer that points us to the Savior who wants us to talk to Him throughout the day about our thoughts, actions and feelings. He knows our weakness and forgives us, and He wants us to admit our failings, or our dreams and to talk about it with Him, and to look to Him for His Spirit to guide us. What a good Father we have, bless your name precious Savior and Lord!

  • Thank you so much John. I’m so glad the prayer blesses you.

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