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Discover the Book - Oct. 18, 2009

  • 2009 Oct 18
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Grace-energized Women: Teach and Model Godliness

 

When the Gospel of the life-changing grace of Jesus Christ entered the Roman world of the New Testament, the condition of family life was very bleak. Paganism had all but erased the plans God had left for marriage and the family. 

Steeped in such a family-unfriendly culture, men and women who were gloriously saved did not automatically become great wives and mothers, or husbands and fathers. When they came to Christ and were forgiven, God graciously gave them everything they needed to become godly wives, mothers, husbands, and fathers. But, they needed something else. They needed worship services that taught them to believe correctly, and then they needed mature believers to disciple them in how to behave correctly. 

Then mature godly women would each find a younger woman in the church and spend time with her teaching her how to change her attitude, her marriage, and her family. 

These new believers needed coaching, training, modeling, and encouraging in a one-on-one relationship. Godly behavior is a series of choices; and those men and women had to be nurtured in daily skills that would lead to loving marriages and families. 

Modeling seems to be among the big dreams of many young ladies in our culture today. But the best and most rewarding modeling career is with God. The spiritual shape of a woman is what matters eternally, not her physical shape. And, with godly modeling the rewards last forever! 

The fourth type of godly behavior in Titus two women is spiritual integrity--godly women live what they teach. They train others in the pattern they have learned. Their walk speaks louder than their talk. 

Titus 2:3d "teachers of good things" with visible integrity 

Their life is daily placed under God's control in all areas: their tongues, their appetites, and their habits. They do not overindulge themselves, they are not overweight gluttons, they are not pleasure-hungry, and they are not malicious talkers.  

These godly older women were noble in everything, and in the way they lived life they taught by their actions what is good!  

 Titus 2:3 "Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good." NIV 

Titus was to encourage these older women to develop a ministry of teaching younger women what is good.  

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