(Read the first installment here.)
Yesterday I said that I think an important factor in interpreting and applying biblical passages about women is the idea of the identity that underlies the instruction. Today we’ll take a look at Titus 2, starting in verse 3:
Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. Then they can train the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.
OK. What we have here are a list of behaviors that, I believe, are to characterize all godly women, not just older women and younger married women with kids. Reverence, control over our tongues and our appetites, guidance for younger believers, love, purity, homeward orientation, kindness, and godly relationships should mark the lives of all Christian women!
Now is where I ask myself: What does this passage say about who I am in Christ?