The Aged Woman By J. Kirkpatrick
Maturity A poem from an unknown author
The Aged Women
by J. Kirkpatrick
In the book of Titus, Paul encourages all to speak the things that become sound doctrine:
"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..." *** Titus 2:1-4
Paul spoke of the "aged women". This does not necessarily mean in physical age, but in Spiritual growth. The aged women are those who ase Spiritually mature. The "aged women" are ambassadors, emissaries, or representatives of Christ. Are you a good ambassador for Christ, showing forth the Christ-like pattern for our younger women to follow?
In the book of Timothy, Paul encourages the "aged women" to teach the young women to be sober. Sobriety has the meaning of being temperate, possessing self-control, being discreet, the curbing of one's own appetites, desires and impulses. The root word for the word sober has the basic meaning of "fencing in, blocking up and putting to silence".
Thise who are sober weigh every word before speaking. The "aged women" who have learned sobriety hold their silence. Mary, the mother of Jesus, possessed this quality. Luke recorded:
"But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart." *** Luke 2:19
To ponder is to bring together in one's mind, to confer with oneself, and to consider before speaking. As "aged women" we need to teach young women how to ponder. Today this quality is little understood, nor taught. In fact, the opposite is taught in many circles. Young women are taught, and indeed encouraged, to speak forth. The result has been that instead of pondering and considering before speaking, many speak before they think or have had a chance to weigh their thoughts. Because of hasty remarks, many wounds and hurts have occurred.
Sobriety means to "be sound of mind".
Paul wrote to Timothy:
"For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power and of love, and of a sound mind," *** II Timothy 1:7
Paul knew Timothy had been taught the holy scriptures as a child through the wisdom, first from his grandmother Lois, and then by his Godly mother, Eunice. The "aged women" in Timothy's life instilled many Godly principles in his education. Timothy understood that a sound mind does not allow the spirit of fear any place in our lives.
As "aged women" we need to minister to the younger women in the area of fear. Many young women who desire to walk in God's ways are hindered because of many fears. As "aged women" we need to show forth the pattern of complete trust in God's provision and care. The spirit of fear should be given no place in our lives.
*** The "aged women" who are sound of mind admonish and exhort.
Only those who are of a sound mind can admonish. To admonish is to warn and to exhort earnestly. The "aged woman" who has learned to admonish and exhort young women is one who can comfort and pray for them, entreating them to Godly actions. She will call a younger woman aside so that she might encourage her in the areas of growth she needs to learn in order to become a Godly woman, able to teach others also.
*** One who is sound of mind is purposeful.
Purposeful has the meaning of one who sets before herself a goal to be reached or accomplished. The "aged women" know the goal that is set before her. Her purpose is to build a house unto the Lord that will continue for all eternity.
"And, behold, I purpose to build an house unto the name of the Lord my God." *** I Kings 5:5
"I am purposed that my mouth shall not transgress." *** Psalm 17:3
The "aged women" learn to seek wise counsel.
"Every purpose is established by counsel:" *** Proverbs 20:18
"Without counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counsellors they are established." *** Proverbs 15:22
The "aged women" who have purposed to build a house unto the Lord teaches the young women to seek wise counsel before making decisions. She must hold her silence, learning to ponder all thoughts before speaking.
*** As "aged women" we need to teach the younger women
that soundness of mind also means to be moderate.
"Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand." *** Philippians 4:5
Moderation has the meaning of possessing or putting on the qualities of patience and gentleness. The moderate women put on fairness and mildness. The moderate women put on the befitting robes of righteousness. As "aged women" are we wearing moderation for all to see?
*** Soundness of mind also has the meaning of "modesty".
The "aged women" also need to be the pattern of "modesty".
"In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel with shamefacedness and sobriety;" *** I Timothy 2:9
As "aged women" we need to wear the modest mantel of shamefacedness and sobriety as Lois and Eunice who taught these principles to Timothy. The "aged women" who adorn themselves with Spiritual shamefacedness covers herself with bashfulness (downcast eyes), respect, reverence, and genuine regard for others.
*** The "aged women" who are sound of mind
are also the pattern of "prudence".
"The wise in heart shall be called prudent: and the sweetness of the lips increaseth learning." *** Proverbs 16:21
"The simple believeth every word: but the prudent looketh well to his going." *** Proverbs 14:14
Prudence is the ability to discern and distinguish right actions. Because they learn to consider, weigh and ponder all thoughts before they speak, the "aged women" become prudent in everything they say and do.
*** As "aged women" we need to walk into our calling
as one of the wise women in Israel.
"Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands." *** Proverbs 14:1
*** As "aged women" we need to become Spiritual mothers in Israel,
proclaiming forth the pattern:
"I am one of them that are peaceable and faithful in Israel: ... a Mother in Israel." *** II Samuel 20:19
To be peaceable is to be complete and sound. The "aged women" "...holdeth her peace". *** Proverbs 11:12. Those who have learned to walk peaceably are Spiritually mature. "Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace," *** Proverbs 3:17. As "aged women" we need to become counsellors of peace," *** Proverbs 12:20
*** As "aged women" we need to become
one of the faithful mothers in Israel.
The word faithful in this scripture means "one who nourishes and supports, one who fosters and carries a child until they are established and sure". To wear the mantle of the "aged women" requires that we not only become the pattern to our younger women, but that we continue guiding them in their growth process, nurturing, caring for, fostering them until they, too, come into maturity.
We need to be encouraged in the Lord! We need to become the pattern of holiness for our younger women. The blueprint is laid out before us. We need to become teachers of righteousness and true holiness to prepare our next generation to enter into God's kingdom.
When I review my life that's past
I pause and try to remember when
A single deed of mine or work of pen
Has been worthwhile
Indeed I often ask:
What gift of mine
What contribution to this time
What lasting witness can I leave behind?
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