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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.” ~ Titus 2:3-5
Oh, how this is needed! Although teaching here could refer to a Bible study, I do not think that’s all Paul is getting at. Think more along the lines of teaching how to honor and respect your husband, godly conflict resolution, how to be a woman after God’s own heart, or ways to incorporate Scripture into child discipline, etc.
If you are a younger wife/mother, please be willing to listen when someone more seasoned tries to encourage you in these matters. Even if it is something you need to take with a grain of salt, be gracious and kind in responding. If it is done in love, do not become annoyed because what they are doing is Biblical. Take note here in these scriptures that Paul is saying godly living needs to be taught. You simply do not end up like your role model mom the day you bring a baby home. It takes time and it takes learning from those who have gone before us. Yes, we each live our own unique lives, but it is safe to say that there is someone who can teach you a thing or two about being a godly woman.
If you find your bookmark placed in the later chapters of life, please be willing to teach. Even if it is received rudely, find encouragement in that what you are doing (if done in love and gentleness) is biblical. I am so thankful for those who have and still continue to pour into me. There will be someone out there who loves, appreciates, and even needs your guidance.
For the most part, we all know women younger and older than ourselves. That leaves some women to mentor and others to mentor us in return. No matter where your role lies, please understand that it is vital. Do not rob yourself of the gift God gives us in coming alongside one another. Make 2015 the year you step out and receive this blessing!