You might have heard of the Proverbs 31 woman. But did you know there is a Titus 2 woman too?
I’ve been hearing about the Proverbs 31 woman for as long as I can remember. But it was only a few months ago that I first came across a reference to the Titus 2 woman. I’m starting to think that there’s a type of Christian for every book and chapter of the Bible!
And when you stop to think about it, Christians also talk about “Matthew 18’ing” each other? Christians truly are a people of “the Book.” So much Christianese is based on literally describing a person or situation by referring to a book and chapter of the Bible. There’s no requirement to read the entire Bible in order to be a Christian, but if you want to understand Christianese, then it would behoove you to at least memorize the names of the books of the Bible. Because Christians use the names of the books in the Bible to describe all sortsof things!
The Titus 2 woman is similar to the Proverbs 31 woman in that they are both womanly ideals that the Bible describes in terms of their personal virtues and the ways they serve the people around them. The Proverbs 31 woman is mostly described in terms of the ways she supports her family. The Titus 2 woman is an older woman in the church community who supports the younger women. For a new wife or a new mother, it can be such a welcome blessing to have someone who’s “been there, done that” who can offer practical help, encouragement, as well as advice. Here’s what Titus 2:3-5 says:
Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. Then they can urge the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.
If you think about it, Titus 2 women must have started out as Proverbs 31 women. Then, as they got older and acquired maturity and wisdom and experience, they eventually added “Titus 2 women” to their resume by reaching out to minister to the next generation of wives and mothers. The Titus 2 women of today are the Proverbs 31 women who have persevered through the years!
Do you know any other nicknames for people that are based on books and chapters of the Bible?
Titus 2 woman n. See various senses.
See also *Proverbs 31 woman.
1. An idealized woman described in Titus 2:3–5.
• 1999 Rabe It’s a Wonderful Mid-Life? Finding the Positives in Aging 133 : Remember the Titus 2 woman, the one who instructs the younger women in godly living and good homemaking (2:3–5)?
2. An older Christian woman who serves as a mentor to younger women.
• 1988 Barnes Growing a Great Marriage 209 : Become a Titus 2 woman. The apostle Paul wrote: “Older women must train the younger women to live quietly, to love their husbands and their children, and to be sensible and clean minded, spending their time in their own homes, being kind and obedient to their husbands, so that the Christian faith can’t be spoken against by those who know them” (Titus 2:4–5 tlb). As a young wife and mother, my heart’s desire was to be the kind of woman Paul described in these verses. 1992 Kelley Divine Discipline: How to Develop and Maintain Self-Control 172 : A group of ladies in a Florida church has established a community ministry to teach the younger women. They call themselves the “Titus 2 Women.” These ladies not only meet personal needs, but they train others to help them reach out. They provide food for newcomers, help new homeowners decorate, and sew for the needy. The older ladies help the young mothers with child-care and carpools. While meeting real-life needs, they also give spiritual food. 1998 Josee, Kirk Threads of Gold 231 : One morning I heard some women on a Christian radio show discussing “spiritual mothering.” It was the first time I had heard the term “Titus 2 woman.” 2001 Kennedy When He Doesn’t Believe: Help and Encouragement for Women Who Feel 188 : Another valuable one-on-one support person to help you keep your focus is what many churches call a “Titus 2” woman: a mature Christian woman who is grounded in her faith. 2006 Hudson From Vision to Victory: The Teenager’s Guide to Success 42 : My Mom shared with her struggle years ago to find the perfect “Titus 2” woman to mentor her. (Titus 2 is the passage in the Bible that admonishes the older women to teach the younger women.) She prayed about finding the perfect older woman. 2007 George What Women Wish Pastors Knew 110 : The church can have a powerful ministry to the new mom in the congregation. I believe every new mother needs a Titus 2 woman in her life—a mature Christian woman who has raised Christian children and “survived” the experience! 2008 Beck The Proverbs Principle 229 : As a Proverbs 31 Woman ages, she should also become a Titus 2 woman. 2009 Tischler Encyclopedia of Contemporary Christian Fiction: From C.S. Lewis to Left Behind 255 : Tracie Peterson writes within the evangelical tradition, chronicling universal hardships and struggles, offering encouragment and guidance. She sees herself as a “Titus 2” woman, encouraging younger women.