“The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine,” – Titus 2:3
This is a similar command which was given to aged men. It is given in similar context as that given regarding the behaviour of the bishop in Titus 1:7. In this instance, the command is even more plainly put.
Wine is a substance which is apparently capable of enslaving an individual. One who is given to something is under bondage to its influence. The word much indicates that wine is noted to cast its influence over a person when they imbibe it to the degree that others note it to be used much.
It is also known that the alcoholic aspect of wine casts some degree of control over an individual even in small amounts. This can be noted when they say that wine makes them feel warm or “nice”. Wine’s progressive control over feelings, emotions, and will is a form of bondage which should only be rightly submitted to the Holy Spirit. (Ephesians 5:17-19) To do otherwise may lead to wrong moral assent, wrong speech, wrong conduct, and wrong decision making.
Can it not be concluded that aged women should have had enough personal experience in life to note that this command of God demonstrates common observational sense?
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There is a logical process by which intellectual thoughts rise from statistical observations to the level of wisdom.
Data – Data is collected statistical observation or a record of an instance or sequence of experiences.
Information – Information is data that is organized into some kind of form or shape. It must be sufficiently recognizable that one might be able to make meaningful sense of it.
Knowledge – Knowledge is the interpretive view of information. Therefore information plus a world view raises this intellectual concept to the level of knowledge. But if the wrong world view is referenced, the product becomes compromised. True knowledge is information which is evaluated according to the view and perspective of the Creator God. I.e. Are you looking at things according to God’s world view? This is the first manifestation of the proper exercise of intelligence. Proverbs 1:7 “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge.”
Understanding – Understanding is the ability to evaluate or separate knowledge into its qualities. Is it good/bad; true/false; right/wrong; just/unjust; useful/vanity; pure/defiled; or holy/unholy? Proverbs 1:4 “…receive instruction of wisdom, justice, judgment, equity…”
Wisdom – Wisdom is making right decisions which result in right actions which glorify God both as to the process (means) and goals (objectives). These decisions are morally correct.
If one understands the thought process of how to arrive at wisdom, then wisdom is not so hard to achieve. Life can be very straight forward. It is only really difficult when one does not think God’s thoughts after Him.