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B. Be Pure (5).
*This relates to a commitment to your marriage vows.
*This relates to spiritual influence in the home. (1 Peter 3:1-2 "Likewise, wives, be subject to your own husbands, so that even if some do not obey the word, they may be won without a word by the conduct of their wives- when they see your respectful and pure conduct.")
*This relates to the image of purity. Christian women are to be chaste, modest, pure in heart and mind. Think in terms of speech, dress, all relationships. Christian mothers need to pass these on to children.
C. Work at Home (5). In the time of Titus, there were false teachers who were dividing families with their teachings. Many worldly elements work against families today. Paul is not prohibiting women working outside the home, but he clearly urges that the home take a position of priority in our lives. Christian homes are created, they do not just happen. Barclay: "It is the simple fact that there is no greater task, responsibility and privilege in this world than to make a home."
D. Be Kind. Kindness deals with doing good, being benevolent toward others, hospitality. Having a giving nature.
E. Submit to Your Husband. God has created an order which includes a masculine ’headship’; not of authority….but of responsibility and loving care. (John Stott). "Where love and mutual respect rule the home there will be little problem with submission on the part of the wife…The husband is not a dictator, but he exercises his headship primarily by service. This is the same way that Jesus expressed his headship over the church." (Bruce Stewart)
F. These character qualities are quite different than what was common among the Cretans. ..and they are not as common in our culture either.
I heard about a little boy sitting on his front steps with his face cradled in his hands, looking so forlorn. His dad came home just then & asked him what was wrong. The little boy looked up & said, "Well, just between us, Dad, I’m having trouble getting along with your wife, too!"
The Mom Ministry is one of the toughest assignments God ever gave anybody! She’s got to be as insightful as a psychologist, tough as a marine corps drill instructor, gentle as a nurse. She’s got to be a labor and management negotiator. A teacher, an electrician, a plumber and a carpenter….It requires an endless supply of energy, a massive amount of patience, and iron will, and recognition of the fact that if she ever gets sick, she’s got to get well before the end of the school day.
600 college students were asked to write down the most beautiful word in the English language. 422 of them wrote the word "mother".
Being a Godly Mother in an Ungodly World isn’t an easy task. We need to pray for our mothers often.
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