πŸ‘‘ Advice For Aged Women

“The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers…” (Titus 2:3).

Aged women should know that it is especiallyΒ important forΒ themΒ to be holy, for women are the guardians of decency in society. Did you ever wonder why, in speaking of the sins of the ancient Gentile world, Paul wrote that “even their women” were engaged in those abominable sins (Rom. 1:26)? It is because women, by their very nature, are moreΒ refined. We see this illustrated in the account of theΒ creationΒ of men and women. God madeΒ manΒ from the dust of the earth, but He drew womanΒ from the man.Β Thus women are by nature further removed from the dirt of which we men were created! Because of this, women can often rein us men in by simply being who they are. This isΒ especiallyΒ important forΒ agedΒ women, who must set an example for younger women.

But after telling aged women to be holy like the men, Paul singles out an area where it isΒ harderΒ for women to be holy when he says they shouldn’t be “false accusers.” If you’re wondering why women would have more trouble with that than men, it’s not because they talk more, as I might suggest if I were a sexist! It is because when women want toΒ hurtΒ someone, they tend to use theirΒ wordsΒ and not theirΒ fistsΒ like us men. That’s why when Paul talked about the qualifications of a spiritual leader, he wrote,

“A bishop then must be… not given to wine…Β no striker… not a brawler”Β (I Tim. 3:2,3).

But when he gave the qualifications for theΒ wifeΒ of a spiritual leader, he wrote,

“Even so must their wives be grave,Β not slanderers” (I Tim. 3:11).

The Greek word for “slanderers” there is the same as the word translated “false accusers” in our text, the wordΒ diabolos.Β Aged women need to be reminded that it is simplyΒ diabolicalΒ to slander someone by accusing them falsely.

And the reason Paul adds, “not given to much wine,” is–well, do you know what tends toΒ makeΒ a woman slander someone? The same thing that tends to make a manΒ strikeΒ someone–much wine! Did you notice that before telling leaders to be “no strikers,” Paul tells them to be “not given to wine?” And right after telling aged women not to be false accusers, he tellsΒ themΒ the same thing? There’s just something about alcohol that overcomes a man’s natural inhibition to deck some jerk, and there’s just something about it that overcomes a woman’s natural inhibition to slander someone as well.

But slandering and striking others is not very holy behavior. So by God’s grace, let’sΒ allΒ determine to be in behavior as becometh holiness, to the glory and praise of God. source

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