Friday, September 17, 2010

Are you dishonoring His word?

Continuing on in my study of Titus 2, I sat down this morning to read through the entire book of Titus for context.

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..."

But instead:
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...

Ouch.

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!

4 comments:

MommAli said...

I've been thinking much the same thing lately, how much we all dishonor our Father and we don't even realize it! The word in the NKJV is Blasphemed. I know I dishonor the Lord in my walk daily, but I don't tend to think that I blaspheme Him, but in all honesty if we are not walking in a way that honors the Lord, we are Blaspheming Him.

graceglory said...

So convicting! Thank you, Magen.

tsbjf said...

A new post! And I see another new one after this, will check that out too.

What a good perspective, that is is dishonoring when we do those things--I fall very guilty as well! For me, I know it is hard to remember that when I sin against someone, I'm also sinning against God. I feel guilty about how I've treated them, but I do need to also remember that I have dishonored God and need to ask for forgiveness from Him as well. Thanks for this post!

luaphacim said...

I really appreciate having such a godly wife. Thanks for wanting to become more like our Savior, dearest!