Rising Joy, by Vicki Matheny
Older women likewise are to exhibit behavior fitting for those who are holy, not slandering, not slaves to excessive drinking , but teaching what is good. In this way they will train the younger women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be self-controlled, pure, fulfilling their duties at home, kind, being subject to their own husbands, so that the message of God may not be discredited. Titus 2.3-5
Sound teaching is not the only thing that is important. Paul writes to Titus and tells him to communicate the behavior that goes along with it. In this instruction to Titus, there are only two things stated in a negative way, not slandering and not being addicted to drinking. As women we must act with reverence. We cannot be talking badly about others while acting with reverence. With all the information that is available about drinking, that speaks for itself. We are to be able to teach what is good. It is interesting that the family here is to take priority. Loving our husbands, our children, and fulfilling our duties at home are very important. Then, there are personal traits that we must work on, self-control, purity, kindness, and submission. These things do not come to us naturally. They have to be taught. The world today teaches the exact opposite to our young women. “You can have it all” is a lie that Satan has fed so many. If we are not practicing these things, then we are discrediting the message of God.