Older Women: Bring the Young Women to Their Senses

t2-womenIf Christians behave, people are bound to notice. If Christians misbehave, people are bound to notice more. People are more interested in how Christians behave than in what they believe.

Paul knows this fact. In Titus 2, he stresses that godly living makes a positive impact to people. In v. 5, he writes, “that the word of God may not be reviled.” In v. 8, “so that an opponent” has “nothing evil to say about us.” In v. 10, “so that in everything they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior.” The emphasis of Paul is a lifestyle that makes God look good. Negatively, our lifestyle should not make people talk bad about our faith. Positively, our lifestyle should make people see good things about God. The key then is how we live.

In Titus 2, Paul instructs defined age groups in church about godly living. We have studied how older men and older women are to behave. We will now focus on younger women and younger men.

Older women are to teach the younger women (v. 3). They are to “train” them (v. 4). The verb “train” (sophronizo) means to “bring someone to be self-controlled, be sensible; hence train, teach, advise.” (Friberg) The idea is to bring someone to his senses, to make him realize the right thing to do; and hence, to train. (Marshall)

Has someone brought you to your senses? For years I’ve been using credit cards to buy things and pay bills. It came to a point when my credit card bill reached the skies.

One day, my mother told me that I should stop using credit cards. The banks earn high interest monthly while you lose money. Stop borrowing from credit card companies. Go back to using cash. After many talks, she brought me to my senses. I realized that I had to stop. Now, I’m paying all my credit card bills one by one. I live by cash and not by cards.

That is what the word “train” means. Older women, you are to teach young women until they come to their senses and do what is right.

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