So many things come to mind when I look at the second chapter of Titus. Perhaps the strongest idea that jumps off the page for me is the whole idea of mentoring of those younger than yourself. Mentoring is so helpful and usually a growing time for both the mentor and the person mentored. With that said, let's look at mentoring for today.
Titus 2:3-5 "The older women likewise, that they be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things--That they admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, To be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be blasphemed."
Holy Bible - New King James Version
I remember a few mentors from when I was younger, both at high school and at college. These ladies encouraged me to dig deeper, develop skills, share my skills and abilities, and most important, they showed me how they do these things. They mentored me by allowing me to watch and help them with home and work tasks and by sharing worship, music and the genuine love of God.
So what exactly does mentoring involve? Well, according to Webster's Dictionary
mentoring is being a tutor. That means to teach or give guidance to someone who is less experienced.
Taking that definition into account, I think that what these verses encourage us to do is to be real, genuine, loving and teaching at all times with those who are younger, whether chronologically or spiritually. We can show them how to do homemaking tasks by allowing them to watch or help us. We can show them how to worship by inviting them to worship with us, sing songs with us, and study Biblical and other topics with us. We can show them in our everyday life how we love and serve our children and spouse--even when than means pointing out something we do wrong. Anyone do that for you?
Thank them and pass it on to the next generation. I think I'll be praying about who to mentor next, besides my daughter of course. By the way, thanks Kathy and Linda.
Next time, what does it mean to be reverent in behavior?
I thought perhaps it would be helpful to share some references and links which could be helpful while examining these ideas.
If you're interested in further information regarding this book and chapter check out some of the following:
Blue Letter Bible
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Commentaries (Scofield, Wesleys