Sisters, will you be an influence for good or evil?

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Sisters, will you be an influence for good or evil? When your years grow long and you are looking at eternity, will you be able to look back and say “I honored God in all I did?”

When you evaluate your influence in light of God’s Word, will it stand? Or will it, like that of so many others, crumble due to a life given to pleasure, not God?

Titus 2: 3-5, The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.

As an older woman in the church, I long to have my influence in my younger sister’s lives be that of a blessing rather than a curse. The only way I, or you, might achieve this is through prayer and Christ-centered living.

I have been blessed to pray for, mentor, and counsel some of my younger sisters. It’s important to me to do so because God commands older women to yield godly influence.

The only influences I had as a young woman, were those who were more egalitarian, more worldly. There was no Titus 2 older woman in my life. I sought one. I asked. I pleaded. I begged. No one would obey God’s Word to be a godly older woman to me.

The only biblical womanly influence I had came from the pages of books. From them I learned things that my older sisters ought to have been willing to explain to me and live out before me.

Ladies, our life is observed, our profession to Christ is measured, our devotion either questioned, or applauded, by the way we live. Our influence on our younger sisters is bound up in all of this.

Everything about us is a reflection of what we believe about Christ. We have the chance, the ability, and the blessing, to be able to influence younger women and those ladies who might be older physically but who are young in the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. We are commanded to do so. If we refuse, we are sinning.

We honor God when we are one whom the younger women can trust for guidance and prayers. When our influence in a reflection of God’s Word, then our example can be a blessing both to us and to them.

It’s evil to be a woman who is masquerading as a godly woman, but who leads younger women astray. It’s an unwise older woman who knows the truth of Titus 2: 3-5 and refuses to share it.

A woman who exemplifies biblical womanhood is a treasure. God’s Word says such a woman is more valuable than rubies. Everything we do, everything we say, matters. Every single day we live out what we believe about Christ. We should be able to say, as the Apostle Paul did, follow me as I follow Christ. We don’t have to be perfect to do that; none of us are. But we do have to be a woman whose devotion to God is known and observable and who does all things for God’s glory.

Soli Deo Gloria!

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