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Discover the Book - May 24, 2008

  • 2008 May 24

Qualities of Grace-Energized Women


The decline and fall of the human race is set forth in Romans 1.


Curiously, right in between all of those dreadful sins is one that seems to have always stood in the way of mothers loving their children to the max. Here it is in Romans 1:26-30.


Romans 1:26-30 For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. 27 Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due. 28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; 29 being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, 30 backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31 undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; NKJV


You see not much has changed in two thousand years, the same old sins are still swirling around and the same challenges face each of us.


God wanted the lost pagans living on Crete to see their changed lives and be confronted with living examples of Jesus Christ. Society was to be flooded at every level with the irrefutable proof of changed lives.


Grace-energized Wives and Mothers

Have Two Qualities Everyone Could See


So Paul told all the grace-energized wives and mothers in the church to have two qualities everyone could detect. Listen again to them in Titus 2:


Titus 2:4 that they admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, NKJV


For a believer both sacrificial giving (agape) love is commanded as well as emotional, caring, friendship (phileo) love. We have been studying these admonitions in Titus 2. These life-truths have always deeply impacted any society. When the Gospel that brings this impossible life into the heart of a newly saved individual starts to work through Christ's church, the world takes notice.


So what would hinder these grace-energized mothers from loving their children? As we saw before, the most formidable hindrance may be bitterness, but the most common hindrance may be selfishness. One hindrance that is always with us, is our flesh that wants to go its way instead of God’s. That is the hindrance of selfishness. Find out how to deal with selfishness in tomorrow’s devotional.


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