The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.
– Titus 2:3-5
The frame of mind and the personal action and activities of women play a significant role with regard to the public reputation of the Word of God. These seemingly short three verses impart a lot of responsibility.
Blaspheme is defined as an action which will vilify. It is to specifically speak impiously. It comes from a word which is to be scurrilous.
scurrilous is to hinder by saying something or use of rumor. By implication it is to destroy the fame of another.
Impious is to be irreverent towards God and what He has done. It is wanting in veneration for God and his authority; irreligious; profane. It suggests that one is a scoffer at God and His authority and His written Word.
To vilify is to make vile; to debase; to degrade. Slander may be a vehicle to accomplish this purpose. They do those things which defame God.
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” That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children,”
– Titus 2:4
Nature prompts to this, and yet there are those so depraved that they have no maternal affection; Notes, Romans 1:31. Godliness reproduces natural affection when sin has weakened or destroyed it, and it is the design of Christianity to recover and invigorate all the lost or weakened sensibilities of our nature. – Barnes
Maternal fondness of children is a fundamental aspect of motherhood. It should be a normal reaction to all children we produce. It is normal to have tender passion and warm affection for one’s children. It is normal to want to keep them from harm, in protection, and desire their healthy upbringing. Tenderness implies supplying with provisions, to attending to and to take care of.
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The aged women . . . “That they may teach the young women to be sober”
Notice the emphasis on the generational transfer of information and wisdom. This should be a key component of social structure. Younger women should press for this advantage. Where in many places there is great loss and social destruction where it does not happen.
Youthfulness is a great thing. There is newness always in the air. Youthfulness suggests strength. Ideas are new and fresh. But along with this is the lack of experience and opportunity to make mistakes.
It is necessary for young women to learn to exercise a sound mind. A sound mind is a safe mind. This requires learning discipline. Discipline expresses self control. It is moderate as to opinion or passion. It is necessary to exercise correct living. It might be said to have the mind of Christ. (1 Corinthians 2:16 and context)
For this cause it is imperative that one should protect their mind to save it from perversion and harmful consequences. There must be ability to distinguish the differences between feelings and cognitive reasoning or worldly influences and spiritual living. Then one must make correct decisions and draw godly conclusions.
The things and ways of the world must not control you.
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“The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things;” Titus 2:3
Aged women are experience women. They have gone through the challenges and difficulties of family and living. Hopefully all is learned from the Scriptures. Some learned from others. Others learned through difficult experiences. Each who have learned holy behaviour need to teach for the benefit of others.
This whole instructional phrase comes out of one Greek compound word. She is to be a “teacher of right.” The word for right (kalos) properly implies that which is beautiful. The chief implication is that which is good. It implies that which is valuable or virtuous, particularly that related to appearance or use.
It is not enough to know what should be done, or even to practice it. The aged woman must also teach good. The concept of teach here means the process enables others to be able to learn.
This aspect of church and community interaction is largely lacking today. There seems to be a mind thought that learning ends with formal schooling. (Formal outside the home schooling is a modern happening. The results are not heartening.) This passage implies that teaching and learning continues throughout a life time. The teaching comes from the comparative aged one and the learning takes place in the life of the comparatively younger inexperienced one.
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“Tit 2:3 The aged women likewise, . . ” – Titus 2:3
The aged woman is an old woman. She has responsibilities. She is older. She is a senior. She is elderly. She is reckoned the same as an aged man. She has standing in the church and community based upon experience, learned abilities. She is a senior or one more advanced in life. Responsibility is upon her to pass on godly wisdom to those who are younger because of her standing.
This verse compares to verse 2 because of the word likewise. What applies to an aged men should be thus considered applicable to an aged women. It should be considered in the same way. The issues are brought up or reflected upon them in the same manner.
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“That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith,”
– Titus 2:2
There are two parts to this verse. The character of aged men are to be sober, grave, temperate, sound. The outworking of these character traits are to be effected three ways. First in faith, second in charity, and thirdly in patience.
IN FAITH. Faith implies that one is persuaded, he has thought it through so that he has credence in the matter. The result is moral conviction regarding these beliefs. All of this has not come about in a day. He is an elder. He has come to some maturity regarding this because he has looked around in a circumspect manner. He is sober.
In faith, he acts in an honorable and respectful manner. He has true reverence regarding the truths of God and their application. He is respected in this. He is grave.
In faith, he is in control of his feelings. He is not likely to be maneuvered to disadvantage. His cognitive facilities are well established so that feelings do not control his actions for he has self control. He is temperate.
In faith, he is characterized by health. This healthiness is a growing strengthening thing. It is characterized by soundness. He is sound.
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“That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate,” – Titus 2:2
To be temperate is perhaps more likely in aged men. To be temperate has to do first with the feelings. His ways are well enough established that his feelings are not so easily maneuvered to his disadvantage. His feelings are safe.
Feelings are an extension of the mind. His cognitive facilities are well enough established that feelings are better understood. Therefore he is able to establish better self control. He is moderate as to opinion or passion. By moderate, we mean that he is able to restrain, observe reasonable bounds in indulgence regarding an action or set of thoughts.
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