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Discover the Book - Jan. 19, 2008

  • 2008 Jan 19
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Standing Out in Our Culture

 

God Wants Younger Women to Stand Out in Our Culture

 

(Titus 2:4-5) The older women are to train the younger women “to love their husbands, to love their children, to be sensible, pure, workers at home, kind, being subject to their own husbands” (Titus 2:4–5). In our culture, that is the exact[1][2] opposite of what they are being taught. Women today are encouraged to love whomever they want, to farm out their children to someone else’s care and influence, and not to worry about being sensible or pure, but to do whatever pleases them in fulfilling their desires. “Younger women” refers to those women who are able to bear children or are still rearing children. Since women can bear children well into their forties and the main duties of raising a child last for about twenty years, a woman under sixty could be considered young in the biblical sense (1 Tim. 5:9). What qualities ought to characterize her life?

 

YOUNG LADIES SHOULD SEE THEIR MOTHERS “love their husbands”: This word in the Greek text ,is translated “love their husbands.” Paul used the same terms to describe godly widows (1 Tim. 5:9). It means to be a one-man woman, totally devoted to her husband, and in tune with his needs, plans, and desires. Mothers, do your girls see this type of love in you?

 

YOUNG LADIES SHOULD SEE THEIR MOTHERS as “a lover of children”: This characteristic is also one word in the Greek text ,and it means to be a lover of children. As 1 Timothy 2:15 says, that is a woman’s highest calling. Obviously God doesn’t want all women to be mothers or they would be. Those women who have no children mean a great deal to God’s kingdom because He has given them freedom to serve in unique ways. God wants women who are mothers to love their children, which involves making personal sacrifices for the benefit of their children. Remember, loving your children is not based on emotion. Rather, it is your responsibility to pour yourself into your child’s life so that he or she grows up to love Christ. Mothers, do your girls see this type of love in you?

 

YOUNG LADIES SHOULD SEE THEIR MOTHERS as “sensible”. Young women are to be taught to be sensible, a required characteristic of elders (1 Tim. 3:2) and older men (Titus 2:2). It refers to using common sense and making sound judgments. Those things are learned best by example, and that’s where the older women can have such an influence. Mothers, do your girls see this type of Spirit-controlled living in you?

 

YOUNG LADIES SHOULD SEE THEIR MOTHERS as “pure”: Young women are to be morally pure, virtuous, and sexually faithful to their husbands. They are to be devoted to that one man in body and spirit. By what they read, and what they listen to, and what they watch on TV and movies, their lives should declare loyalty and devotion to a real man they live with not a dream or fantasy man that only exists in their minds. Mothers, do your girls see this type of holiness in you?

 

YOUNG LADIES SHOULD SEE THEIR MOTHERS as “worker at home”: A woman’s responsibility is in the home because it is the place where she can have the greatest impact on the world by raising godly men and women. GOD’S PLAN FOR WOMEN CENTERS AROUND THEIR HOME AND FAMILY: The phrase “workers at home” is translated from the compound Greek word ,which is derived from the word house and it does not simply refer to labor in general; it often refers to a particular job or employment. It is the word Jesus used when He said, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to accomplish His work” (John 4:34, emphasis added). Our Lord focused His entire life on fulfilling God’s will. In a similar fashion, a wife is to focus her life on the home. God has designed the family to be her sphere of responsibility. That doesn’t mean she should spend twenty-four hours a day there, however. The woman in Proverbs 31 left her home when she needed to buy a field or when she needed supplies, yet even those trips benefited her family. She poured her life into her family—she woke up early and went to bed late for the sake of those in it. Mothers, do your girls see this type of focus upon God’s will in you?

 

YOUNG LADIES SHOULD SEE THEIR MOTHERS as “kind”: A young woman ought to be characterized by being gentle, tender-hearted, and merciful toward others. Mothers, do your girls see this type of spirit-filled kindness in you?

 

YOUNG LADIES SHOULD SEE THEIR MOTHERS as “subject to their own husbands”: This echoes Paul’s instruction in Ephesians 5:22. A godly young woman understands God’s created order and submits to it (cf. 1 Cor. 11:5).

 

Mothers, do your girls see this type of godliness in you?

 



[1][2] John MacArthur, Different By Design, (Wheaton,: Victor Books) Chosen by God.

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