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The world says: “If this pregnancy is unplanned, then simply destroy the evidence.”
Older women must respond: “the circumstances which surround a pregnancy do not determine the value of the child.”
Or, “I experienced an unplanned pregnancy, now let me tell you what they’ve done w/ their life, and how the surprise goes on day after day!”
Like my mom could say, “Though I had many female difficulties, and doctors warnings about bearing children, my unplanned pregnancy is today preaching in Decatur, IL!” And it didn’t stop there, for after having me my parents naturally said, “well, we can’t top that”!…but then had another surprise, and today, my little sister Jami and husband, Josh are serving the Lord!
There’s probably not a woman in the house that appreciates the old English word used here, “aged”! We’re not talking about the elderly…But by definition, we’re talking about those of you whose children have left the house, or soon will leave.
If you fit that category, the Bible today reminds you of your mandate. It’s not a suggestion, or an idea if you’re interested, it’s a command…and if you are not investing your life into the lives of these younger women / not involved in the ladies’ ministries, then you’re not fulfilling all of your God-given responsibilities as a woman.
Why should I?
2. Her Motive*
We don’t have to guess, it’s right here:
End of v. 5 “That the Word of God be not blasphemed”
You say, what does that have to do w/ it?
Simply put, the best thing you can do to improve the influence of this church in Decatur, IL, is to help build strong families! Every time the community learns of a family that falls apart at GBC, it contradicts, undermines, and marginalizes what we teach and preach here…it hurts our influence.
We’re preaching that Jesus is the answer to the world’s problems / that Jesus is the solid Rock on which to build a marriage and home…but for the most part, the world doesn’t listen to what we say…but oooooooh how they watch what we do!
And Paul is saying that when we allow homes in our church to disintegrate, the Word of God is blasphemed.
Now, don’t misunderstand, we’re to help the hurting! That’s the right thing to do / that develops influence too…that man or woman whose spouse left them can remain a testimony to God by remaining in church, and remaining close to God, and we have many like that.
But it’s a shame when it happens right under our noses, when there WAS something we could do about it…but we didn’t!
3. Her Manner of life*
v. 3 “as becometh holiness”
“behavior”=fragrance…you should have the fragrance of holiness eminating from you.
In the OT, the priest went into the holy place to burn incense to the Lord, and even when he departs the tabernacle and rejoins the others, the fragrance is still on his garments. And anyone who gets around him knows, he’s been in the holy place…he’s been w/ the Lord!
There’s an ora, a glow about a Godly woman, as the beauty of Christ just radiates from her life!
“not false accusers”
literally: not a gossip (form of insanity: “you know me, I don’t gossip, but…” and then they proceed to gossip. Anytime you do something and don’t even know what you’re doing…that’s got to be a form of insanity!)
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