A Wise State of Mind

“For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age…”

Titus 2:11-12

One of my leisure reads now is Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth’s book Adorned, and it is indeed a beautiful take on how a Titus 2 woman ought to be, by God’s grace. JD bought it for me 3 years ago! The author stresses there that “to be a wise woman does require effort and vigilance on our part, and we tap into the enabling grace of God as we take advantage of the means He has provided for our transformation and growth.”

Now let’s take a look at some (there’s more than a 100) of Nancy’s examples specifically about emotions:

Unwise WomanWise Woman
Emotions controlled by circumstances; lives on emotional roller coasterEmotionally stable, remains calm/doesn’t lose it under pressure
Choices driven by feelings, external pressure, circumstancesChoices driven by the Word of God
Falls apart in a crisisHeart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord; has presence of mind and knows what to do in a crisis
Easily provoked/irritated; flies off the handle quicklySlow to get angry; not easily provoked
Moody, sullen, temperamentalPeaceful, joyful; the joy of the Lord is her strength
When life doesn’t work, becomes angry, resentful, depressed, loses hopeHopes in the Lord; trusts Him, waits on Him to right all wrongs
Fretful, anxiousPrayerful, trusting
A Sophron woman’s emotions

Now I’m positive this was written before the pandemic! O what a year and a half it has been! But then again the Word is unchanging and eternal!

Well, I’m certainly thrilled there’s encouragement for those of us who are painfully aware of our failings amidst our sin nature and circumstances.

Most gratefully, the book continues: “God has never left us to His will on our own, not by our sheer willpower and determination.” Paul made it clear in this letter to Titus as he was left in Cretan church, that “the wise woman’s state of mind is initiated, produced, and enabled by His Spirit and grace.”

Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled.

Titus 2:3-5

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