The racing community has seen many great women in the past, and at every level. I think of a number of women and their impact on racing and introducing young women to the sport. I’m thinking of some who have raced in the Midwest. Some who have won races and others who are joining their ranks even today. I look around Jefferson Speedway and see several racing right now in the bandolero class. It will not be long and they will jump up the ranks of racing. Then we think of those women who support their racer and how important are they? They are there in the victories and the wrecks. So supportive. And then we see other ways women are involved in racing; from great photos to finding sponsors. Well, women are the next group we will study in Titus and we see the standard God sets for them similarly to the standards God has for church leadership and men. Let’s study
Titus 2:3-5 Older women likewise are to be reverent in their behavior, not malicious gossips nor enslaved to much wine, teaching what is good, so that they may encourage the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be sensible, pure, workers at home, kind, being subject to their own husbands, so that the word of God will not be dishonored.
Let’s consider these verses the same way we did with the men. First, consider the statement, and then a short thought.
Older women – remember when 60 was so old? Not so much now but that is who we are talking about.
Reverent in their behavior – This should be the goal for all of us; to be reverent and in awe of the LORD. It should flow out of our behavior and the older women should be known for revering the LORD.
Not malicious gossips – Gossiping shows up a lot on the list on sins and this is no different. A godly woman will not gossip. I know this is a struggle not only for some women but for some men. It is not to be so. If you gossip, stop, please, right now. Gossip is so harmful. Instead replace it with speaking about Scripture and what God is teaching you.
Enslaved to much wine – Alcohol is so destructive. Too many have had their lives ruined by alcohol and drugs. It will slowly trap you and make you a slave to the alcohol, controlling your life in ways that you never imagined possible. Even one drink has an effect. Please be careful with how you handle alcohol and drugs.
Teaching what is good – An older women should teach and be teaching life lessons of what God fearing womanhood looks like.
Encourage the young women – Mom’s need you. Young mom’s need older women to tell them, “You can do this.” They need the encouragement that they can make it through difficult times when they have their hands full with the littles ones, or the trials that come with raising teenagers. They need to hear, “You’re doing a great job.” The younger women need the older women to encourage and remind them they are not alone.
Love their husbands and children – I have to say most women I know love unconditionally both their husband and their children. Now one warning to the woman. Your husband has to be first or the children will have a wrong idea on life.
Sensible – God calls the older women to also be wise, thinking well, weighing things against Scripture.
Pure – This is huge in today’s world. Purity is one of the great protectors of marriage. Sexual purity. Pure thoughts. Pure motives. Pure honest words.
Workers at home – There is a great honor to the one that keeps a home. This seems to be talking much more than just the physical house. The physical house is important, but more important is the people who live there.
Kind – being kind seems to be missing a lot these days. Being kind is an attribute of God and older women should reflect that. I have seen many in the church who are so very kind and caring.
Subject to their own husbands – Men are to lead their family. They are the head of the family and Christ is the head of men, husbands, and the church. If the husband is following Christ, he will be doing what is pleasing to the LORD, and he will be caring for his family. It should be easy for the women to be subject to the husband if the husband is being a slave to Christ.
So that the word of God will not be dishonored – And why is this list so long, longer then the list for the guys? To honor and glorify the LORD.