The following notes are from my comments at the April 2nd meeting of the Titus 2 women’s group at City Bible Church Mill Plain
Being a Godly Woman
The designated mentors for our Titus 2 ministry at CBC Mill Plain are all godly women. You might wonder how we identified them as our initial mentors from the many qualified women at our campus. We didn’t ask how many minutes each day they pray or read their Bible. In reality, we may not know if they are addicted to soap operas or romance novels.
We do know that as a group, these women have experienced just about every challenge that life can bring: chronic illness, wayward children, miscarriage, stillbirth, abortion, death of loved ones, marital challenges, failed marriage, divorce, financial crises, foreclosure, bankruptcy…you name it…
Like the Pharisees who challenged Jesus, we often try to complicate Christianity, with lists of Dos and Don’ts and growing expectations. For our mentors, we didn’t specifically compare their lives to Proverbs 31 and Titus 2: 4-5, although they would certainly fit those criteria.
Through all the challenges of life, this group of women have stayed on course and fulfilled Jesus’ greatest commandment, as stated in Matthew 22:36-40:
“Teacher, which command in God’s Law is the most important?” Jesus said, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your passion and prayer and intelligence.’ This is the most important, the first on any list. But there is a second to set alongside it: ‘Love others as well as you love yourself.’ These two commands are pegs; everything in God’s Law and the Prophets hangs from them.” The Message
In essence, for all of us, being a godly woman boils down to two things:
LOVE GOD, LOVE OTHERS
How can we love God?
- Cultivate awareness of His presence
- Accept and acknowledge His love for YOU
- Spend time with Him
- Learn about Him: Read and study The Bible, His love letter to us
- Talk and listen to Him: prayer When you first meet a person, conversation can be awkward, try to find things to say. But when you really know someone, you have no trouble keeping up a conversation, and may even develop a form of conversational “shorthand”.
- Enjoy Him—He’s your greatest friend
How should we love others?
- Cultivate an awareness of others—learn to know them
- Accept and acknowledge that God has put them in your life for a purpose, whether transitory or significant
- Spend time with them, not just in same room, but actually connecting (eye contact!)
- Ask questions, learn about them
- Share your life
- Enjoy them and their uniqueness. Let them know you enjoy them. Quote I like: “She has a characteristic that I really value in my friends…she likes me!”
End result: Jesus spoke about a tangible thing…FRUIT
The purpose of fruit is to give pleasure and nourishment to others.
Our mentors are women who have stayed on the journey. They love God, love others, and are bearing fruit. Please get to know them and gain pleasure and nourishment from their willingness to share their lives!