The Titus Two Model
When Paul gets down to every day life for women, he builds on the character of God, revealed in God's Word.
God is love, and the greatest of all Christian virtues is love.
So what is the most powerful aspect of a wife and mother’s life on earth obeying God’s calling to her life? Her grace-energized love.
And what does God say will last forever from all the endless and mostly unseen hours of work that being a wife and mother entail? All the deeds offered in obedience to the Lord produced by grace-energized-love.
In Titus 2:4 we find the key that produces eternal reward from every day of a grace-energized-wife’s marriage and a grace-energized mother’s family. Paul explains that the key is love. The first calling of a wife and mother in God's Word is to LOVE.
[Our] gifts, [and our] ministries, all one day will cease to exist because they will cease to have purpose or meaning... But our showing love [to our husbands and children], practicing [that] love, [and] living [ that] love now--are of utmost importance, more important than having any of the other virtues or gifts, because love is the link God gives us with His eternal Self.
The key to grace-energized lives, marriages, and families is love.
Love was rarely seen in everyday life and culture in the Roman world; and this gentle, sensitive, grace-energized love was to become a powerful witness in the culture of century one. Jesus had already said that by this shall all know that you are My disciples, by your love. So that is why Paul says Grace-energized mothers love their children. That is the second phrase of Titus 2:4 v. 4c “to love their children.”
This characteristic is one word in the Greek text, philoteknos, and it means to be a lover of children; so grace-energized-mothers love their children. That is what God says through Paul. And this love is phileo love that can be felt. That is a grace-energized mother’s special ministry in Christ's church!
Just the fact that these words were inspired by God to come to His saints means that this was not common, this was not easy, and this was not normal. This type of love just doesn’t “happen” because God wants it. It is a choice, it is a lesson to be learned, and it is a factor that determines a believer’s eternal reward in Heaven.
And that phileo love that is emotional, close, and visible is what the Lord asks from grace-energized mothers towards their children.
Do your loved ones in your family feel your love?
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