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Titus 2: 3-5,10
They are to teach what is good, so train the young women to love their husbands and children, and to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled.
…so that in everything they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior.
Previously I’ve posted about the wise woman’s state of mind, specifically emotions. To continue on the series of the wise state of mind, the next segment is: mindset and attitudes.
Lifted from Nancy Wolgemuth’s amazing and beautiful book Adorned, which talks about the Titus 2 woman, these are a few of the hundred examples she has outlined on what a wise woman’s mindset ought to be.
How does this affect me?
“How does my behavior affect others?”
“I deserve better”
|Contented, humble, grateful,|
gives thanks in all circumstances
|Seeks escape from pressures and problems||Willing to endure hardship for the sake of ultimate gain/reward|
|Lacks discernment, not careful about what influences her; lets anything in||Careful, discerning regarding what she reads, watches, listens to|
|Feeds the flesh, flesh controls the spirit||Feeds the spirit, restrains the flesh, spiritually, morally, mentally vigilant – heart and mind are grounded and guarded|
|Impulsive, impetuous||Exercises restraint and self-government|
|Victim of her circumstances and past||Uses her past as stepping stone to greater fruitfulness|
|Has good intentions but doesn’t follow through; commitments are short-lived||Follows through on commitments, develops godly disciplines|
Couldn’t they be more polar opposites? How did you fare? 🙂
Well, this was written before the pandemic! It certainly has been a roller coaster of a year and a half! A ton of man’s plans has changed, but then again the Word is unchanging and eternal!
I’m again thrilled that there is encouragement for those of us 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.”
My prayer for us is that we become Titus 2 women, as 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