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What Is a Titus 2 Woman?
Posted by Barbara Smith (BWSmith)
This message was originally posted on
Christian Homeschool Fellowship on the Web

You ask what a Titus 2 woman is? I think she is the personification of how Eve, the first woman who was created in the image of God. So too, the Proverbs 31 woman lived out her faith in her Creator and Redeemer; so did Elizabeth, and Mary, the mother of Lord, Jesus Christ.

Many women in Scripture reflect the image of the Almighty God None of them, from Eve to the Proverbs Lady, through Mary to the "older women" about Paul wrote were perfect: Each sinned and came short of the Glory of God but I am convinced each obeyed at critical points in her life and therefore is worthy of study so that I might learn and apply to ME!

Specifically, look at what Paul says: "Older women likewise are to be reverent in their behavior, not malicious gossips, nor enslaved to much wine, teaching what is good, that they may encourage the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be sensible, pure, workers at home, kind, being subject to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be dishonored." (Titus 2:3-5)

Will any of us do this perfectly? No! Neither did the women in Paul's time that is why we NEED a REDEEMER! However, the standard shows us how to shine like lights in a crooked and perverse generation.

"Reverent in their behavior . . ."

Today, women are encouraged to believe they can have it all do it all be it all. We are challenged from some quarters to be irreverent to God, calling HIM, "mother." Our worship and reverence for the Creator and sustainer of the Universe are diminished as we give in to the lie that somehow we are "masters of our destiny." The result is BURN OUT: talented and committed Christian women who are useless temporarily because they tried to "do it all."

A Titus 2 woman knows that reverence for her Savior and Lord is *foundational* for her soul but also for her mental, emotional and physical health! Seeking HIM in prayer and meditation, she allows her Lord to set her agenda because she FEARS GOD more than an unfinished to-do-list. She may be tired but she exchanges her weariness for God's strength, moment by moment if necessary.

"Not malicious gossips, nor enslaved to much wine . . ."

Yikes! can we skip this admonition? A Titus 2 woman guards her tongue *and* her appetite. "Gossip" transcends cultural and generational boundaries, does it not? We are without excuse, many of us, aren't we?

Though strong spirits never cross A Christian woman's lips she may seek solace in food or other mind-numbing diversion therefore Paul's advice can be just as relevant to us! We must be careful how we indulge ourselves. Maybe we should wait for HIM to indulge us? (Courtesy WDW)

"Teaching what is good that they may encourage the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be sensible, pure, workers at home, kind . . ."

Hmmmmm? Does this eliminate single women? NO! We all know what is GOOD:
Micah 6:8 "He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?" Christian can teach this whatever her marital status!

All women need to be wary of listening to complaints and grumbling from any sister in Christ no matter her age about spouses and children! Pray with the unhappy sister before you let her say a word. Seek God's direction in any conversation, especially if problems DO trouble a marriage. YOU MUST KNOW WHAT GOD'S VIEWS ARE on the common troubles in marriage and you do not have to be married to know them. Don't even counsel a sister in Christ without an open BIBLE if you can avoid it!

For in the Bible is common sense Christian living. God teaches women how to be "workers" at home. (I believe the sense of this word is "keepers" guardians, sentries not simply servants. Nevertheless, "servants" are esteemed in the eyes of the Suffering Servant!) Surely all women who are filled with the Holy Spirit know how to exhort each other to guard the home.

Now, teaching each other to be kind that is an assignment! I am not naturally "kind," for I am selfish and self-absorbed. It has been the example of godly women some older, some younger, who taught me what a "kind" woman looks like. Look up "kind" in the dictionary I think the definition will both encourage and challenge you. All of which brings us to the exhortation that continues to drive us all nuts:

"Being subject to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be dishonored."

Surely you have seen many wonderful teachings on this board about submission! No woman who loves the Lord Jesus will ever boast about her submission to her circumstances, whether they include a husband or not. For we who love Jesus KNOW it is HIS spirit in us that reins in our rebellious, cantankerous spirits and trains us to yield in HIS strength to the unthinkable, unpleasing and downright scarey!

This principle of SUBMISSION yes, I know I am yelling is the root of our relationship to out God and Savior. For the absence of submission, both on men and women's part is what dishonors God. Again, look up "submission." When we resist, we are bucking our orders and this is so painful for some of us who are walking through some awful valleys but when we reject submission, we just may be rejecting God's plan of escape, too that is perfect and timely and which will bring GLORY to HIM.

Now if you are facing such a valley, Kris if you are wrestling with letting GOD make you into a Titus 2 woman may I encourage you to look at Mary, a woman who had something dropped on her and she chose to submit. Consider Luke 1:46-55.

Mary chose to magnify GOD and not her predicament: a condition that could have brought her death! She rejoiced that God had a way of escape even before she told her parents or her intended husband. She knew her limitations because she knew her GOD who would do for her exceedingly, abundantly more that even she could imagine. A poor "young woman" knew that God's name is HOLY so why don't we get the meaning of HOLY, educated and prosperous women that we are? (Maybe our generation does not think we need a HOLY God? Maybe we have forgotten the deeds that God has done to bring us to September 5, 1998 to the very point where we will consider submitting ourselves to the everlasting arms who will never drop us?)

Titus 2 women need to study HIS-story and see how God has protected and preserved His people; how HE will judge and repay the righteous and unrighteous.

Then maybe when we pray through with Mary in her "limited" words we will not be afraid of stepping outside our cultural and generation boundaries and praying a magnificent prayer with that godly young Jewish woman:

And Mary said: "My soul exalts the Lord,

And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior.

"For He has had regard for the humble state of His bondslave; for behold, from this time on all generations will count me blessed. "For the Mighty One has done great things for me; and holy is His name.
"And His mercy is upon generation after generation toward those who fear Him.

"He has done mighty deeds with His arm; He has scattered {those who were} proud in the thoughts of their heart.
"He has brought down rulers from {their} thrones, and has exalted those who were humble.
"He has filled the hungry with good things; and sent away the rich empty-handed.
"He has given help to Israel His servant, in remembrance of His mercy, As He spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and his offspring forever."

God bless you, friend.

© Barbara W. Smith 1998, all rights reserved
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