by Teal Graham
Women have always learned the ways of womanhood from their mothers or grandmothers. Some women have learned the ways to womanhood from other sources because their mother, grandmothers, and aunts weren’t available. For many Christian women their teacher was a woman grounded in Christian faith with a strong love of God.
This God fearing older woman instructed younger women using examples from the Bible. Those examples might be no more than a bit of scripture or a sit down with the Bible opened to a passage, but a lesson was taught and correction was given.
Now back then, (I’m dating myself but I’m cool with that.), that instruction may not have been appreciated immediately but that instruction became words to live by, a life giving spring so to speak.
Today it seems a lot of younger women in the church, have strong views in opposition to the Bible. Life experiences have given them hard feelings that have left them bitter and jaded at the Word of God. They claim Christianity as their faith, but they do not hold sacred the religious doctrine they say they believe and follow. Some younger women have even gone as far as to make the claim that the Bible is unjust and hurtful to women.
Anyone making such claims truly has a crisis of faith and belief in Jesus Christ as their savior and could use the love and support of Christian women of God. She needs a group of women that will listen to her issues and answer them with the Bible. Her words and experience can give comfort to a young woman who is constantly given messages that conflict with the teachings of the Bible. There are plenty of bad sources out there but she needs sources from the power of a praying woman.
This mentoring helps women who feel victimized find peace in a world where women are subjected to many cruelties. The women elders of the church can teach younger women how to live their lives serving God in a world that today shuns such behavior. They can help those who have trouble applying the Bible to their everyday lives
This guidance will help a Christian woman become a godly righteous woman after God’s heart and not worldly woman lukewarm in her faith. Christian women instruct their daughters with godly principles. These teachings become the cornerstone that provides comfort during their rough seasons in life. A life-giving spring that becomes eternal and everlasting passing from one generation to the next.
Although, this teaching is timeless and does not follow trends for trends are fleeting; here today and gone tomorrow. God is always the same, today, yesterday, and forevermore. A godly woman of Christ will understand that she will always look different from how a more worldly conscious woman does.
We need more of our female church elders to share this wisdom with our younger women in the church. Unfortunately there aren’t that many women in the church that actually want to mentor younger women. There are a variety of reasons but it seems the most common one is that older women feel that younger women do not wish to hear any of the wisdom that is shared with them. Many older women feel like few of the younger women actually want to follow Jesus.
The Bible teaches that women of God are to become someone of reverence to her family and community. A true asset to her family. A prize of immeasurable worth. A resting place. A voice of confidence and encouragement. A constant source of nourishment and comfort. A trusted guide through difficult times that lives forever and ever.
It seems as though few young women today wish to become any of these things which doesn’t actually matter. We as older women of God should still teach the Word of God as it is written even in times where it is not accepted. We know that the Word of God gives comfort in life. Everything else will pass away over time. That is the message and love we need to share with our younger sisters to help them on their path to God through Jesus Christ.
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