Wednesdays are particularly focused on building up the homemaker and homeschooler; and women in general whose primary calling is the home.

John Kitchen writes, “Mature love is not an emotion that wells up, but a discipline that is worked up.”  He writes this in his commentary notes on Titus in his Pastoral Epistles for the Pastor. It’s a regular go to source, especially when I was preaching through the pastorals.  The Scripture of interest to me are is Titus 2:3–4

“They are to teach what is good, so that they may encourage the young women to love their husbands and to love their children.”

To “teach what is good” is not an official teaching function in the church, but “instruction passed on within the home through both life-example and intentional words” (Kitchen). The mothers of daughters would be particularly in mind here, teaching their daughters (and perhaps other young women) to do two things: love their husbands and love their children. 

The instruction here really balances out what is oftentimes more emphasized upon women, to submit to their husbands. Here the teaching is to love them, and to love their children. The wife should never do anything that God’s word forbids even if the husband commands it. Loving one’s husband and children never means contradicting “what is good.” And what is good is clearly spoken of in God’s law, specifically loving God and loving each other as ourselves.

The presence of a godly woman in the home teaching young women is of great service to the church. The women are under the Word preached and taught, and evidently this is what equips them for this service to their daughters, and perhaps other young women they are able to have influence upon.  I can imagine that this would especially involve the newly married. Whatever the case, the home really matters, motherhood matters, and women in the church really matter. The next generation, according to this text, depend on the teaching from the former generation. 

Kitchen writes, “In the last days the opportunities and pressure to be “lovers of self” (2 Tim. 3:2) only increase. Thus we must be diligent to live out the command of love the Lord Jesus laid upon us all, and to do so most obviously within our homes, for there is no greater proof of the reality of Christ’s presence among us (John 13:34, 35; 15:12, 17; Rom. 12:10; 13:8).”

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