We are in the last week of our series on biblical womanhood. We have looked at five important doctrines that a woman seeking biblical womanhood should stand firm upon in her life. It is because of these doctrines that we affirm a number of beliefs that are central to the Christian faith and those desiring to practice biblical womanhood. This week we will finish up with several principles that women need to understand and put into practice in our lives to help demonstrate biblical womanhood.
We end the principle section of the series with a reminder.
Mature Christian women have a responsibility to leave a legacy of faith, by discipling younger women in the Word and ways of God and modeling for the next generation lives of fruitful femininity.
For me, I have been blessed through the years, girlhood until even now, to have a number of seasoned women of God who, whether they realized it or not, mentored me in the practical areas of womanhood, yet, more importantly, in the spiritual areas of true biblical womanhood.
In the days when Titus was written, most families lived within a few miles of each other. Mothers and grandmothers were nearby to help teach and train their daughters and granddaughters in the ways of womanhood. More importantly, though, were those Christian women who served in the first church that helped to teach and train new female believers in not only the practical areas of wifery and motherhood but also in living lives in accordance to God’s Word.
Today, many families are scattered across the nation and around the globe. Mothers and grandmothers may not be near to teach and train in the areas of practical womanhood. Still, others may be from homes that are broken, who have mothers that are broken or non-existent, where modeling biblical womanhood is not possible. It is important for those women in the church who are seasoned in the faith to take under wing the younger in age as well as the younger in the faith and teach them the aspects of true biblical womanhood.
Titus 2:3-5, The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; 4 That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, 5 To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.
Titus 2 gives us general areas that are important for each woman to learn to live in order to bring glory to God. If Titus 2 is the directives (principles), then Proverbs 31 is the practical application of those principles. The beauty of being a biblical woman is that it is not going to look the same for every woman. Single ladies will model biblical womanhood differently than married ladies. Mothers will model biblical womanhood differently than child-less women. Each individual woman will be different than someone in the same season of life because we are created with unique gifts, talents, and abilities all to be use for His glory. We see in the Proverbs 31 woman areas of practical biblical womanhood being modeled.
Proverbs 31:10-31,Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies. 11 The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil. 12 She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life. 13 She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands. 14 She is like the merchants’ ships; she bringeth her food from afar. 15 She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens. 16 She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard. 17 She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms. 18 She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night. 19 She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff. 20 She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy. 21 She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet. 22 She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple. 23 Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land. 24 She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant. 25 Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come. 26 She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness. 27 She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness. 28 Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her. 29 Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all. 30 Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised. 31 Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.
The ultimate goal for the mature woman is to help the younger woman learn the final two verses of the Proverbs 31 passage. Outer beauty and success is worthless. It is the woman who fears the Lord who truly succeeds. That success is not for herself, but it is to bring honor and glory to our Heavenly Father.
The framework of this series was taken from the True Woman Manifesto provided through Revive Our Hearts Ministry.