The Six Habits of Christian Young Women

download_ink_liOlder women are to train the young women in the six habits. These six habits are to be expected from older women as well. At this point, I’d like to encourage the older women to practice what you preach. To teach something without practicing it is to lose your credibility. You should teach things that you yourselves are practicing also. If you teach a young woman to love her husband, you should be loving your husband also.

First, older women are to train the young women to be loving of their husbands and their children. “Train the young women to love their husbands and children” (Tit. 2:4). Are you a young, married mother? Your number one priority is to love your husband and your children.

Second, train them to be “self-controlled” (v. 5). The adjective “self-controlled” (sophron) is the same word in v. 2. It means, “Having ability to curb desires and impulses so as to produce a measured and orderly life self-controlled, sensible.” (Friberg) It refers to “being sensible and moderate in one’s behavior.” (Louw-Nida) To be self-controlled is to curb your desires and hence, control and moderate your behavior. Conversely, to lack self-control is to be careless about your thoughts and behavior.

Paul used the same word in 1 Tim. 2:9-10, “Likewise also that women should adorn themselves in respectable apparel, with modesty and self-control [sophron], not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly attire, but with what is proper for women who profess godliness—with good works.” In the Pastoral Epistles, self-control is a spiritual quality of Christian women.

Young women, be self-controlled.


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