The Titus 2 Woman

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“Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. Then they can urge the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.

Similarly, encourage the young men to be self-controlled.  In everything set them an example by doing what is good.  In your teaching show integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us.” (Titus 2:3-8)

In my church’s Women’s Ministry, we dove into a phenomenal book called True Woman 201: Interior Design Ten Elements of Biblical Womanhood by Mary A. Kassian and Nancy Leigh Demoss.

Excellent read, devotion, and teaching on the Titus 2 woman. The overview of lessons includes discernment, honor, affection, discipline, virtue, responsibility, benevolence, disposition, legacy, and beauty.

Several passages pressed on my heart to share, “Biblical womanhood is an ‘ancient art’ that has been passed down from generation to generation. A Titus 2 Woman passes this legacy through spiritual motherhood. She takes younger, less mature women under her wings, nurtures them, and teaches them what is good. Older women teach younger women, younger women then their children, and so we pass on the baton of truth from one generation to the next.” [1]

Another beautiful thought, “Motherhood, in a much deeper sense, is at the heart of womanhood. The first woman’s name affirms and celebrates this truth: Eve means ‘life giver’. God’s purpose is that every woman – married or singe, fertile or infertile – will bring forth life. Regardless of her marital status, occupation, or age, a woman’s greatest aim ought to be to glorify God and further His kingdom by reproducing spiritual fruit.” [1]

My heart was so encouraged by this study, but also saddened by the fact and memory of many young women who do not have that Titus 2 Woman in their life. It breaks my heart to think of the young women falling to the world’s depravity; I was one of those young statistics.

Titus was a young pastor on the small island of Crete. Most of the Cretan believers had not been raised in any faith and were very unfamiliar with Christianity or even Judaism. The Apostle Paul gave Titus instructions to teach the Truths of Christ to the older women and they in turn were to train the younger women. Paul emphasized the women to loving encourage these unbelievers and bring them into a deeper relationship with Christ.

Having this spiritual mother is a treasure; a true gift from God.

I have met many older women who were raised in the church and have passed on “nuggets” of valuable information my heart clings to. I have special teachers I like to listen to such as Beth Moore and Joyce Meyer. I love to read women’s testimonies of trials and tribulations where an encouraging elder prayed and helped them through. This older women in the church have guidance, wisdom, and grace to lead the younger generation into godly truths that can change their life.

Many young women are saturating their lives with the world. There is depraving abound on this Earth. Psalm 12:8 reads, “The wicked strut about (in pompous self-important), on every side as vileness is exalted and baseness is prized among the sons of men.”

Our young girls are being exposed to vile things, things I was not exposed to when I was young. Technology, a blessing and a curse, is moving at the speed of light and these young minds clamor to take hold of the next “big thing”. Selfies, sexting, ungodly posts, brash and bold, skimpy clothing, nudity, and the like are attracting girls younger and younger. Many have no idea the word purity even exists.

At times, the church receives the girls at their lowest, having been used and spit out by the world. Suicides and bullying are everywhere from cyberspace and these naïve minds drench themselves in lies, deception, and battery. Where are the Titus 2 Women?

As Christian women we need to teach the Truths to the next generation.

We need to loving share the Gospel, the message of Christ, and our desperate need for Him. We need to show them how to stand against the “world”, fight the good fight of faith, and remain steadfast in a perverted culture.

We need to come alongside the young and teens teaching them purity, modesty, holiness, and their bodies are temples unto the Lord. We need to imbed in their minds how precious they are to God, how precious His thoughts are of them, and what a wonderful plan God has for them. We need to pray and fan the flame within these women to reach their fullest potential in Christ, whatever area that may be.

We as elders need to read, pray, fast, and focus our hands and feet to a culture that is spiraling down.

Our behavior should exude confidence and love in Christ. According to Titus, we are to be reverent in our behavior, not gossiping or malicious. We are not to be addicted to wine or alcohol teaching what is right and good so the young many be encouraged. We are to teach the young women how to tenderly love their husbands and children, to be sensible, pure, makers of a godly home, good-natured, subject to their husbands so that the Word of God is not dishonored. But if the youth see us acting as the world, how could we possible teach others when our own behavior stands in stark contrast to Christ’s Words?

I look back on my 20s and 30s in disbelief at the power of God. Raising the babies, as precious as they were, was difficult for me. I had never been taught the patience, selflessness, and love needed to care for the young toddlers who need so much attention. I had never been taught to “tenderly love” my husband, to be sensible, and definitely not pure. I look back on all that God has taught me and I am amazed at the power of the Holy Spirit. A new creation in Christ indeed!

I am so thankful for God’s amazing grace on my life.

The process was extremely painful to walk through, ripping their world’s attitudes from my thoughts, attitudes, and mind. If we can train these young women to avoid the dangerous pitfalls of sexually transmitted diseases, bullying, drugs, alcohol, envy, jealousy, promiscuity, or pregnancies, how wonderful their lives will be without the negative affects of the world.

As Titus 2 Women, we ourselves need to be continually committed to Biblical standards. We need to constantly saturate our minds and hearts in the Word so we can fulfill our own purpose and plan. We need to seek God’s younger daughters, pray and encourage them. As Titus 2 Women, our hearts should fervently love His children and desire His Word be taught and constantly watered. Remember we, ourselves, are still growing in Christ, maturing, and reaching our own fullest potential.

“There should never be a time in your life, no matter how old you are, when you stop flourishing, growing and being fruitful. There’s never a time to retire spiritually; never a time to be put on a shelf spiritually. A godly woman flourishes. She’s full of spiritual vitality. Her physical body may be diminishing, but her inner person is being renewed day by day.” (Kassain and Demoss, True Woman 201).

I pray you desire to be a Titus 2 Woman. Such as the Proverbs 31 Woman, may you be seasoned with salt and light, gracious to the youth, patient in your teachings, encouraging and loving with your words and attitudes, generous in your time, honest with your answers, good-natured when approached, and hospitable with your arms. Love them, encourage them, lift them in prayer, and take these young hearts into you hand and help mold them into the image of Christ.

Let us pray out loud and CONFESS the Word of the Living God;

Jehovah-Shamah, The Lord is Peace,

My heart’s desire is to be a Titus 2 Woman. I desire to teach the younger women, to be a godly example in their lives, and teaching the disciplines of the Christian faith. Your Word says you give us the desires of our heart and my longing is to serve the next generation (Psalm 21:2, 37:4).

Lord, show me how to model sound faith, love, steadfastness, reverent behavior, good-nature, and sensibility to these women. Take me deeper Lord into your Word where I can grow further, loving more, discerning more, and giving more of myself for your Kingdom.

Show me how to be a woman who can openly share Truth, to reveal HOW you change a willing spirit, to remove all deception from the enemy, fighting the spiritual warfare in the heavens (Ephesians 2:1-10). My heart loves the women coming into the church from the “world”. Show me how to reach their hearts, to share the Gospel of Christ to their understanding, to not turn them away, continually point their sin out, while I have a speck in my own eye (Matthew 7:3, Luke 6:41). I do not want to be a hypocrite, but love the ones who so need a doctor, to know you and the power you have to save them (Mark 2:17, Luke 5:31).

Prepare me to be a follower of you, to give you all my heart and to those you entrust to me for prayer, growth, Truth and love (John 21:15-17). In the name of Jesus of Nazareth I pray, amen.

Comments

  1. Catherine

    I am no Titus 2 woman whatsoever but God has lovingly brought older and younger women in and out of my life. I am so grateful for their love, support and prayers along with their kindness, generosity and guidance. One day hopefully soon God will have me in the place to mentor other women and share what I’ve learned and hopefully make a difference in their lives all the while leading them back to God. In the meantime I do what I can to help.

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