3 Older women similarly are to be reverent in their behaviour, not malicious gossips nor addicted to much wine, teaching what is right and good,
In a generation that was being infiltrated with false teachers who did not teach sound doctrine, Paul is emphasising to Titus to stand out and teach sound doctrine. This sound doctrine when taught will produce a different kind of fruit than the one produced by false doctrine. Yesterday we looked at the expected fruit in older men and today we look at older women.
Older women are to be reverent meaning they must walk in holiness and sacredness. Their behaviour must demonstrate a scared kind of life, a life of one who is set apart for a special reason. The older women must not be gossips. A gossiper is one who talks casually and carelessly about other people. One who spreads rumours and has itchy ears to hear so as to spread juicy stories about others. A gossiper is one who loves to put their nose into other people’s business. This has become a great challenge in this generation because of social media where news and information spreads across the globe in seconds.
Ephesians 4:29 (AMP)
29 Do not let unwholesome [foul, profane, worthless, vulgar] words ever come out of your mouth, but only such speech as is good for building up others, according to the need and the occasion, so that it will be a blessing to those who hear [you speak]
Older women need to be sober in their thinking and not given to addictions which would impair their thinking and behaviour. This is important because how they live their life is a demonstration that the younger women are learning from and thus, they need to set the right example.
Older women are called to be teachers to the younger women. They are to teach them how to live a godly and sober life. They are to teach them goodness and godliness, how to raise strong homes and families that fear and serve God diligently. They are to teach the younger women what is right and good. That ensures continuity and a good foundation for the next generation.
Many of us would not consider ourselves to be gossips; but when you speak about others when they are not present do you speak positive or negative things?
Do you have someone you look up to who is teaching you and someone younger whom you are teaching?
Do you have a secret addiction, if yes what are you going to do about it?