In 1 Timothy 5, we are told what younger and older women’s perpetual sins will be if they don’t learn godliness and who they are in Christ. For the older women, we are told: “Now she that is a widow indeed, and desolate, trusteth in God, and continueth in supplications and prayers night and day. But she that liveth in pleasure is dead while she liveth.” Yes, I know this chapter is speaking about widows, but it’s relevant to all of us.
Later on in this chapter, we are told what should define a godly, older woman. “Well reported of for good works; if she have brought up children, if she have lodged strangers, if she have washed the saints’ feet, if she have relieved the afflicted, if she have diligently followed every good work.” Therefore, older women are to be known for serving of others. Their lives should be marked by loving and serving their families too. This is the ministry that God has called them to do.
In Titus 2:3, we are told this about older women: “The aged women likewise, that they be in behavior as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things.” Older women are then told exactly what they are to be teaching young women in Titus 2:3-5. This is God’s prescription for older women: to live godly, holy lives and love and serve others.
What are older women’s perpetual sins that they must watch out for? Living in pleasure and seeking pleasure, namely doing their own thing instead of what God has called them to do. Many older women don’t want to care for their grandchildren nor teach young women. They want to travel and enjoy life, because they’ve already raised their own children. This is wrong and unbiblical! Our lives are never to be lived for ourselves. Our lives are to be lived as living sacrifices for others since as we serve others, we are serving the Lord. The older women need to be investing their lives into the young women and teaching/modeling to them biblical womanhood. Our churches and culture are suffering because older women have become seekers of pleasure rather than seekers of God.
What are younger women to be defined and how are they to live their lives? They are commanded 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 2:4, 5). In 1 Timothy 5:14, we are told that they are to “marry, bear children, guide the house, give none occasion to the adversary to speak reproachfully.” Single women are to be holy in body and spirit (1 Corinthians 7:34).
What are younger women’s perpetual sins that they must watch out for? “And withal they learn to be idle, wandering about from house to house; and not only idle, but tattlers also and busybodies, speaking things which they ought not” (1 Timothy 5:13). The young women have a tendency to not want to be home but to run out here and there, thus neglecting their homemaking duties. On top of that, they would rather watch TV or scroll through their social media sites rather than cook, clean, and care for their husband and children. They also have trouble keeping out of other people’s lives by meddling and gossiping about them. They seem to love to tear other people down.
There you have it, younger and older women. God clearly commands how He wants us to live and shows us the sin we need to run from. He wants us to live in obedience to Him, because He knows this will produce beautiful fruit in our lives. The perpetual sins that we may become involved with will only produce rotten fruit.
Know your struggles and steer clear of them. Know who you are in Christ and that you can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens you. You can say “yes” to righteousness and “no” to sin. The more you discipline yourself to love and serve others, the more joyful you will become!
I was once a younger woman and am now an older women. I can certify that these biblical facts are true.
Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world.