Friday, January 30, 2015

Women Who Honor the Word of God

- Older Christian women are called to encourage, train, guide, and counsel younger women. Women who have walked with the Lord for a long time should be good examples/role models to younger women.
- Married women are to love their husbands and children with God's love which includes self-denial, sacrifice, and service. A wife is to be a loving helper and best friend to her husband, seeks to honor him, desires to please him, supports him, and stays faithful to him. Mothers are to love their children, care for them, want the best for them, and bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.
- We women must be self-controlled/ sensible and pure (referring primarily to moral purity and especially in this context, to sexual purity and marital faithfulness). Self-discipline is doing the right thing because it's the right thing to do, regardless of feelings. Be wise and prudent in conduct. Be pure in thoughts, words, and actions.
- Married women are to be keepers at home, managing household affairs and taking care of their family. "She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness." (Proverbs 31:27) We are to be busy at home, not become busybodies somewhere else.
- We are to be kind. Do we speak kind words and respond in kindness with our husbands and kids?
- Wives are to be submissive/obedient to their own husbands. "The Greek word translated obedient is a military term which indicates voluntary submission to the one in authority." (from NKJV Study Bible's commentary) A wife chooses willingly to place herself in a position under the headship of her husband so that there can be order and function in the family. This submission does not allow dictatorship by the husband and in no way implies superiority of the husband over the wife.
- The honor of God's Word is the motivation for right conduct. The way we live should honor God and draw others to Christ. When we follow God's way, we experience a blessed & beautiful life. 

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