Older Women: Don’t Slander Others

titus-2-3-4“Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine” (Tit. 2:3). Reverence in conduct takes the form of not slandering people and not enslaving to much wine. Paul cites these two behaviors that older women should avoid.

Second, older women are not to be “slanderers.” The word “slanderers” come from the Greek, diabolos, where we get our word, “Diablo,” or “devil.” The word “devil” means “slanderer.” Older women, you are not to be “devils.”

Paul used the same word in 1 Tim. 3:11, “Women must likewise be dignified, not malicious gossips [diabolos].” (NASB) Young’s Literal Translation translates it as “false accusers.” Older women should not be false accusers.

In the church in Crete, there were slanderers who opposed Titus. Paul wrote, “One of the Cretans, a prophet of their own, said, ‘Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons.’ This testimony is true. Therefore rebuke them sharply” (Tit. 1:2-3). Titus had a hard time facing these slanderers in church. Thus, Paul seems to be saying that older women should not slander others like the slanderers in the church.

A married couple, both 60 years old, were celebrating their thirty-fifth wedding anniversary. A fairy appeared to congratulate them and granted them each one wish. The wife wanted to see the world. The fairy waved her wand, and poof! The wife had tickets in her hand for a world cruise.

Next, the fairy asked the husband what he wanted. He said, “I wish I had a wife thirty years younger than I am.”

The fairy waved her wand, and poof! He was ninety years old.[1]

Let’s watch our tongues–what we say about other people.

[1] “Tongue.” Cited January 15, 2017. Online: http://hotsermons.com/ sermon-illustrations/sermon-illustrations-tongue.html#sthash.DjnEnHH2. dpuf.

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