But, just as it usually happens, I got caught up at the top of chapter 2, and didn't get much further.
It's a familiar passage:
3 Older women likewise are to be reverent in their behavior, not malicious gossips nor enslaved to much wine, teaching what is good, 4 so that they may encourage the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, 5 to be sensible, pure, workers at home, kind, being subject to their own husbands so that the word of God will not be dishonored.
My initial thought is always, "definitely -- I want to work hard at doing these things so that I don't dishonor the word of God."
This morning, as I was meditating on these words, I was able to think about it in a new way. Not, "I should do these things, so that..."
It IS dishonoring to the word of God if I'm not loving my husband.
It IS dishonoring to the word of God if I'm not loving my child.
It IS dishonoring to the word of God if I'm not being sensible...
I know I fall far short of this. I say hurtful things to Micah. I do not take the time to just be with Myrick. I am not kind to the "rude" cashier in the drive-thru window.
My prayer for myself today (and for you dear ladies) is that I would live this passage out in my life. That I would live in such a way as to earnestly desire to NOT dishonor the word of my Lord. My Savior. The Christ who gave all, and who I desperately want to share with others. What better way to share Jesus with others than to do these things?
I hope you have an honoring weekend!