“But as for you, speak the things which are proper for sound doctrine, that the older men be sober, reverent, temperate, sound in faith, in love, in patience; the older women likewise, that they be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things, that they admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be blasphemed.” Titus 2:1-5
In this passage, Paul is writing to a young leader, Titus, to give him instruction on how to bring the kingdom of God to the church. The kingdom of God is always rooted in truth! In verse 3, Paul urges the older women, not to be “slanderers,” and further down in verse 8, “to teach the truth so that your teaching can’t be criticized.”
In other words, tell the truth and nothing but the truth! Always deal in the truth, don’t exaggerate, and don’t misrepresent people and situations. Characterize people truthfully. Exaggeration is a misrepresentation, which is essentially lying. And, slander is just as bad! Slander is defamation or a malicious, false report of someone. I know, this is convicting! I’m convicted writing this!
Ephesians 4:14-15 says, “… we will no longer be immature like children. We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influence where people try to trick us with lies so clear they sound like the truth. Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ.” We must pursue truth because Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life!
How do we do that? By making the study of the truth of God’s word our priority. As the truth fills our minds, it takes root in our hearts, and then comes out of our mouths. Being intentional to spend time every day in the Secret Place with the Lord is one way to fill our minds with His truth. Beyond that, memorizing Scripture literally fills our minds with truth!
We talked to various women to find out how they purposefully memorize Scripture and received some great tips to pass along to you!
Decorate your home with Scripture:
- Incorporate chalkboards in your home decor and write new verses on the boards weekly.
- Hang art in your home that incorporates Scripture.
- Or, if you’re artistic, create art with the written word that you can display in your home!
Write Scripture where you spend time:
- Write Bible verses on notecards and hang them where you spend a lot of time, like over your kitchen sink, near your stove, on the bathroom mirror, etc.
- Slip notecards into a ziplock bag and hang them in your shower for a sudsy review.
- Tuck them in your purse for a quick peek when you are out and about.
- Leave them in your car to review at stop lights.
Use Technology to Help:
- Scripture Typer App: This app for iPhone, Android and Kindles, allows you to memorize, organize and review Bible verses using kinesthetic, auditory and visual memory devices.
- Use your phone to record yourself reading Bible passages, then play it over and over to help you memorize.
Let’s be women of truth! Filled with it! Our minds fixed on it and our hearts overflowing with it so that our words will bring freedom and life to all who encounter us!
By Joan Evrist & Jeannie Print