Monday, September 14, 2009

At the Well - The Modern Day Titus 2 Woman

Gathering At the Well



Today At the Well, the discussion is about the Titus 2 Woman - with a spin!

With the world of Technology growing by leaps and bounds, a majority of our
communication takes place via email, blogging, twittering, facebooking etc...
How can we make sure that we are living out Titus 2 in the cyber world so that
the Word of God is not disgraced? How do we keep a balance between grace and
hard truth?

Women love to feel connected with one another. By nature, we love to share, compare, model after and just have fun with our friends. Women are a very important part of each other's lives. A Christian woman has some special instructions in God's Word on how to relate to other women:

"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." Titus 2:3-5

The passage begins with instruction for behavior or how a woman goes about her own life and then moves on to things that the ladies are to share with younger women: things like loving their husbands, children and to carry themselves with grace, keep their homes and fall into God's design for the family.

Relationships are just not what they used to be in our modern times. Rarely does a leisurely home visit take place. Communication is done "on the go", on the steps of the church after service, with a quick phone call or while picking up the children from an activity. Times of teaching are sparse, women often cannot afford to take time from their precious time at home to attend a class or Bible Study. When and where can these Titus 2 relationships be formed?

Blogging has been a great source of encouragement in my life. I have received godly instruction for my life, guidance on marriage, parenting and been inspired with creative ideas to keep my home, prepare new recipes for my family and have enjoyed fantastic fellowship. It is my hope and prayer that what I have richly received, has been shared through my blog and others have been blessed through it.

I will admit, I love the connection and socialization of Twitter and Facebook. It is a wonderful tool to connect with old and new friends. It provides opportunities to share in a short format a word of encouragement, a word of comfort, a quick "hello", etc. It also opens up our lives for others to get a glimpse of how we "love our husbands, our children, keep our home" in our daily walk. A good rule of thumb is to let your presence, voice or comment be filled with God's love, grace and witness.

In any area where there is seemingly limitless opportunities to connect, a line of integrity must be drawn. Know before you are online, what you will not discuss or share. (Never share anything negative about your family, especially your husband.) Be aware of old friends who may not walk the Christian walk that may influence you with their ways. Be on guard for new friends that you have not learned about their values or morals. Guard what you say at all times. Ask the Lord to "set a watch over the mouth" so that our conversation will always be pure and reflect Christ. In quick replies or a status, it may be easy to be transparent. May we be on guard for criticism, sarcasm or unkind attitudes which can easily slip out. Our inward attitudes will be reflected in out outward words, attitudes and actions.

We live in an exciting time where opportunities although different than ever before, truly abound where we can share and connect with others. May we be constantly filled with God's wisdom, grace and love, being obedient to His Word and be the Titus 2 woman everywhere we go and everywhere we are!

Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place. For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing. II Corinthians 2:14,15


2 comments:

  1. Isn't it a shame that there are so little "home visits" among girl friends...its almost like you need an appointment. I remember my mom and her best friend (our neighbor) bringing their ironing to one another's house and spending the afternoon together while getting their chores done:) Relationships definitely have their challenges but what a blessing our friends are...

    And, I agree - I have been blessed even in blogging!!

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