Older Women: Train the Young Women

11162406474_7c5b64dc73_bOlder women, you are to teach what is good to the young women. That is your purpose. That is your ministry in church.

Do you know that you are better teachers than the Pastor? Reader’s Digest reports that “In later life, women can speak 20,000 to 25,000 words a day compared to a man’s 7,000 to 10,000.”[1] Husbands, have you noticed that when you got married, your wife spoke few words? Then 20 years later, she speaks more words than you do?

Older women, you are better teachers than your Pastor. God is calling you to teach young women. “And so train the young women to love their husbands and children” (Tit. 2:4). The word “so” is from the Greek, hina, which means “so that.” It is a word of purpose. Paul is saying, “Older women, teach what is good so that you will train the young women.”

Older women, you are “to train the young women.” The verb “train” (sophronizo) denotes “encourage, advise, urge.” (Gingrich). It means “to instruct someone to behave in a wise and becoming manner.” (Louw-Nida)

What are you going to instruct the younger women? Paul wrote, “train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled” (Tit. 2:4-5).

Older women, can you look around and find some young women? Will you obey God’s Word and teach them what is good? That is your God-assigned ministry in church.

[1] Reader’s Digest April 2005, p. 18. “Tongue,” Hotsermons.com. Cited January 15, 2017. Online: http://hotsermons.com/sermon-illustrations/ sermon-illustrations-tongue.html#sthash.DjnEnHH2.dpuf.

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