Today, let's connect the dots and to see why we should live as “women of the Word.”
We will . . . Be women of the Word, seeking to grow in our knowledge of Scripture and to live in accord with sound doctrine in every area of our lives.
–Commitment # 3, the True Woman Manifesto
We could label Titus 2:3-5 “The Handbook for Biblical Womanhood.” Paul packs a lifetime of instruction into these three verses. The older are told to pass on important truths and practical teaching to the younger. Paul concludes this passage with a sober warning. He exhorts women to live this way so that “the word of God will not be "dishonored” (NASB), “reviled” (ESV), or “blasphemed” (KJV). Failure to live out the truths of God makes a mockery of the Word of God. The "untransformed life" is the most destructive force opposing the power of the gospel.
Some of you may have heard my testimony through Revive Our Hearts. God used this Titus 2 passage to open my eyes to the devastation my sin had brought to our marriage. I taught and gave lip service to the truth of Scripture that my husband was to be honored and respected as the spiritual head and leader of our home. But in practice, I was determined to be the “neck” that turned him whatever way I wanted. My motives were good—I was always focused on improvement and spiritual growth—but I was the one in the position of leader, not my husband.
My husband, a pastor, eventually reached a crisis of faith brought on by his inability to reconcile the question of God’s power to transform. You see, he watched me begin every day on my knees in prayer and in diligent study of the Word, and yet I was a terror to live with. He struggled with the question of how God’s Word could be so ineffective in transforming my character. He struggled with the fact that God did not seem to hear his prayers for a miracle to take place in our marriage. He began to struggle with whether God even heard or cared at all!
My greatest joy has been to watch God heal our marriage. But healing did not begin until I started living out–literally applying–the truths of God's Word. This is what it means to live as “women of the Word” in every area of our lives.
Dream with me. What would it look like if every truly regenerate woman lived out the instructions found in Titus 2 and I Peter 3? What could happen if single women lived out the instructions of Colossians 3:12-17 in their relationships with others? I’d love to hear what you think could happen!