Posted by: Ety W. | April 3, 2008

Who Do You Admire?

One of the homeschool groups we used to be involved with was Keepers of the Faith. Mostly this was for my son, who was younger than his sister. Though she was usually willing to help, she sometimes lamented being the only teenager in that group, as all the lessons and activities were geared toward younger children. I explained to her how important her example was to the younger girls. I pointed to the women of Titus chapter 2 and said, “Everyone is older than someone.”

This wasn’t exactly a literal interpretation of the text, because if we read Titus 2:3-5 carefully, we can see certain qualifiers which define the two groups of women. But it does bring up a principle of application because there is something here to heed: what kind of example do we set, and whose examples are we following?

Last time we looked at how we all set an example, whether we intend to or not. But another question we can ask is, what examples do we choose to follow: in how we dress, in how we act, in what we say and how we say it. From observing people over the years, it seems to me that we tend to imitate what we admire.

Who do you want to be like? Many a Christian would probably say Jesus, which is admirable. However, I’d like to take a look at peer group influences, as these are realities we all must deal with. So. Who do you admire? Whose advice do you seek? Who do you try to be like? Is it a real person of your acquaintance? Someone from the sports or entertainment industry? A television character? Whose leadership are you following?

From the book of Titus, we can get get an idea of what kind of person we should be looking to.

Older women likewise are to be reverent in their behavior, not malicious gossips, nor enslaved to much wine, teaching what is good, that they may encourage the younger women ……. Titus 2:3-4a

From these verses we can make a list of qualities:

  1. Reverent behavior
  2. No malicious gossip
  3. Not enslaved to much wine
  4. Teaching what is good
  5. Encouraging younger women

Most of these seem pretty straightforward, but we can still take a closer look at each item with word studies and cross references.

Next time, I’d like to show you how to do Greek word studies, so that we can dig deeper into the original meanings of New Testament words. After that, we’ll take a closer look at the qualities of being a good example.Content copyright 2008 by https://encouragetheyoungwomen.wordpress.com/. If you find it anywhere else, it’s been stolen.
Next … Who Are The “Older Women”?


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