The bible is very clear how elderly Christian women can be a valuable assets to the local church.
“Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. Then they can urge the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.” Titus 2: 3-5
Paul gives some guidelines in the above verse;-
- They should be reverent with respectable behavior. They must command respect, not demand it.
- He reminds them not to be addicted to wine. This was hard for Grecian women converts. Not for us, hopefully!
- He reminds them not to be slanders- talking bad things- true or false about others. Admitted guarding one’s mouth is tough for everybody. Plus, ladies shouldn’t try to control juniors nor they should interfere in their lives.
- He asks them to lovingly train younger women on various realms touching day to day existence.
On another occasion Paul acknowledges how Timothy’s mother Eunice and Grandmother Lois molded the youngster’s godly character. It requires lot of courage and maturity to perform such a task. Maturity can bear with immaturity as only perfection can tolerate imperfection. A meaningful personal prayer life can help.
Ever heard of Susanna Wesley, mother of Charles and a John Wesley who evangelized during the 19th century on horseback. Susanna spent two hours of quality time with each of her kids every week. And she had 13 of them!
Ruth, wife of Billy graham once spoke of a ‘hearing heart’ for ladies, a mother
Ly heart willing to listen:
- To the cries of her own kids and husband
- To the tantrums of confused aching teens in the church
- Even of erring young women in their homes
By Elizabeth Varghese