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A Titus 2 Journey ~ Week 8 ~ Sphere of Influence

Titus 2.3-5 ~  Sphere of Influence

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.   Titus 2. 3-5

Titus 2 ~ Week:  Eight

♥ This Week’s Verses:   1Peter 1.15-16 “But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.”

Action:  Read verse 3 again: “The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers,  not given to much wine, teachers of good things;”

In lesson seven, I gave an example I’d like to repeat here: “Toss a rock into a pond and see the ripple effect.  Do you see the similarities of  a ‘ripple effect’ in your own life?  Lives you touch influence decisions they make which in turn influence others’ decisions and so on and so on.  You may or may not ever be aware of the degree of influence you have in your community or in other’s lives.  Your sphere of influence is greater than your sphere of acquaintance.”

Thoughts for discussion:

From lesson 7:     What is the key reason a Christian woman must pay strict attention to her behaviour??    Yes! That the word of God be not blasphemed!

Now, consider another reason:  Sphere of influence.   Have you ever stopped to think on the fact that your sphere of influence is greater, or broader, than your sphere of acquaintance?   Every day, at home or in the workplace, in shoppes or communities, wherever: things you say and do influence others.  Others are watching, listening, seeing, hearing about things you say and/or do.  Sobering, isn’t it?  More sobering might be to run that thought/action through the “that the Word of God be not blasphemed” filter.

We’re all becoming aged women.  Isn’t that an interesting thought?  Especially in a society that seems to loathe age and aging.  But the Bible is filled with examples that are contrary to the world’s view of the aged.  We’ve got to watch this increeping attitude of loathing old age that it does not become our own.  Think of all the attention, advertising, marketing, and stereotypical views regarding aging, aged appearance, old people, etc., etc.  We might even, as Christian women, get caught up in all this.  We might already be negatively influenced by society’s beliefs.  But as for aging or the aged, what does the Word say?   Here’s an example, the Bible says:  in Proverbs 16.31  “The hoary head is a crown of glory, if it be found in the way of righteousness.” kjv  Or, “Gray hair is a crown of glory;  it is gained in a righteous life.” esv  The “if” in the kjv is supplied by translators.

But I digress. The point was simply to show how strongly we’re all influenced (positively or negatively) and how our opinions are formed or shaped by others.

  • Think on the influences in your life…. go ahead and take some time to look back on those who have most influenced, impacted, instructed you in your life.  You may or may not know them—meaning, you have never personally met them, or personally interacted with them and yet they have had profound influence in your life.  Additionally, they may or may not know that their sphere of influence was greater than their sphere of acquaintance.
  • Think on what, who, where, when… you influence — your sphere of acquaintance, and thus,   influence.  Think the many areas of your life.
    (Do you positively or negatively influence others?)

To blaspheme or to commit blasphemy is to curse, use foul language,
1) to speak reproachfully, rail at, revile, calumniate, blaspheme
2) to be evil spoken of, reviled, railed at

  • More Scripture for broad refection:

Ephesians 5.24  Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.

Ephesians 5.33  Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.

Colossians 3.18  Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord.

1 Peter 3.1-5  Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives;  While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear. Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel;  But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price. For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands:

1 Timothy 5.14  I will therefore that the younger women marry, bear children, guide the house, give none occasion to the adversary to speak reproachfully.

1 Timothy 6.1  Let as many servants as are under the yoke count their own masters worthy of all honour, that the name of God and his doctrine be not blasphemed.
♥ A Little Deeper:

  • Now,  considering that your sphere of influence is greater than your sphere of acquaintance and that your influence is not necessarily only what you intend to present, but how you’re *perceived* by those around you or those who hear of or simply see you.

    How do you see yourself?

     

    How do you think others see you?

     

    What are the discrepancies and what are the similarities of #1 and #2?

     

    Remember, my friend Florence’s advice:  what you’re not doing at 40, you won’t be doing at 80 (unless you change your course).  She was referring to probably any area of life you’d mention.  At a retreat she shared that if you want your own teeth to floss at 80 you need to be flossing them at 40.  Yes, sage advice.

     

Affirmations/Decisions for the week ahead:

  • So, then, when you’re 80, what would you like to have said in the personal description of your life?  How will you have influenced others?

     

    What Scriptures support your plans/desires?

     

    What do you want to begin doing or change in your life?

     

    Are you willing to ask someone to hold you accountable for the change you want to make or the new steps you want to take?

Prayer

 

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