Titus 2:3-5 "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."
"Becoming Titus 2 in 2010" is a journey through the biblical mandate for women found in Titus 2. As Christian women grow in the Lord and in their roles of wife and mother, the daily lifestyle should develop into a teaching pattern for younger women. As we seek to "Become Titus 2", this study breaks down this verse into sizable applications that we can read, evaluate and that can grow into our daily lives.
Today's portion is "to love their husbands". Several years ago I read a powerful quote from Elisabeth Elliott on loving our husband. "You married him because you loved him, Now you must love him because you married him."
Through the years that blissful "beginning marriage love" tends to lose it's vitality. Romance and flowers slowly give way to laundry, cooking, keeping house, babies, work and the realities of life. "Loving our husband" may transition from a flirty, airy feeling into the purpose of the mind that enables us to love him unconditionally in every situation. Every action begins in the mind and if we focus our minds to love, that is a huge step for loving actions to develop. That purposeful mind allows us to creatively express our love to him, to show respect for him and not cause him harm or embarrassment. That steadfast mindset gives us the strength to battle temptations and keep our mind and bodies pure and modest. Understanding that we are following a biblical command to love our husband gives the wisdom to act out our love and equips us to love him when he (or we) are tired, grumpy, sick or moody. Loving the man in the mind travels to the heart and flows and creates beauty in marriage.
As the years progress and the newlywed bliss fades, a stronger, mature and steadfast love develops. When we learn our man and what he likes, what he doesn't like, his strengths, his weaknesses, we are truly able to enhance and complete one another. As the aged woman grows in her marriage and in her love for her husband, a beautiful example shines forth for all those around her to see. May we purpose each day to grow more as we "love our husbands".