Today I read Titus 2:3-5 and burst out in laughter. Classes needed here.
Titus was saying that older women need to be:
- Not given to slander
- Not addicted to much wine
- Teaching what is good
In turn these older women were to train young women to:
- Love their husbands
- Love their children
- Be self controlled
- Be pure
- Be busy at home
- Be kind
- Be subject to their husbands.
Why? So that no one will malign the word of God.
Who else like me feels like they need classes in the above?
Clearly you can be taught how to love your husband. And who ever thought you’d need knowhow on loving children? And being self controlled, kind, pure, busy at home, submitting?
And we are to learn these from older women who disciplined and spirit-controlled, who have mastered their tongue and have themselves learnt to be reverent. Biblestudytools.com describes these as older women who are living “like holy priests serving in the presence of God. Their sacred personal devotion to the Lord has slowly come to influence every aspect of their lives.”
I long for such an older woman from whom I can get encouragement and perspective. Loving my husband is hard. Submitting to him can be a mountain I don’t care to climb. Loving my children is hard. Staying pure is hard. Don’t even go to the part about being busy at home. Or being kind. Or not blowing up at everything. Have you had episodes in your life that needed motherly advice and not from your mother? That’s what I am talking about.
The scary part is that I am an older woman to some fresh-eyed bride. Do I fit the cut of a teacher? Do I have anything worth sharing? Can I open up my life to share on what I have learnt so far on loving my husband and children and reining my emotions?