Our friend was over one day, and we got talking with her about what women are supposed to do and not do (to make it short!). At one point my mother read Titus 2:5. I am pretty familiar with the “women verses” and this one was not foreign, but my mother pointed out something I had not realized before. Paul said that the older women should encourage the younger ones to love their husbands, children, be discreet (or sensible), pure, homemakers, good, and obedient to their husbands so that the word of YHWH will not be blasphemed. ???
I have heard how parts of the Bible “jump out” at people. This was not exactly what happened, but how is it I never realized the last part of the verse? Is this verse saying if we do not do these things we will be putting our Heavenly Fathers word in a place it will be blasphemed? Us? It looks like there is a big challenge before us. We may not have a husband or children, but how many of us could have never made a meal in our life, and then as soon as we are married, expect to be a homemaker?
What about our character? Is that something we will have perfected over night? It would be like breaking an old dog of a habit it has had since it was a puppy, in one day. We are told to be discreet; what exactly does that mean? Just a minute, I will check something out … OK? “A person who limits his own freedom and ability with proper thinking, putting into practice self-government with proper restrain of all passions and and desires, one who voluntarily places limitations on his freedom, and the easiest to understand: self controlled.”
Here are a few examples of how we should be: Being good, pure, and having self control are things we as women need to have whether we are married, or unmarried. It seems like (I could be wrong!) a lot of time is spent by girls thinking about “when I get married, I will …” or “if I get married …”, but life goes much farther than our wedding day or first child. What if our dreams never come true? Are we living a lifestyle that is obedient to the bible, fulfilling, and allows the Spirit to lead us? I do not know about you, but I think this verse is one that needs to be seriously examined and put into practice. Maybe you have already read and are working toward this goal, and I am a step behind. If so, I hope I have not wasted your time. There is a job for us to do.
We must not allow our Heavenly Father’s word to be dishonored; we must bring much honor, glory, and praise to the One who is deserving of all we are.