In the past week, I have read a couple of blog posts on Biblical womanhood. Both posts have based their definition of Biblical womanhood on Titus 2:3-5.
“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 train 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.” (NIV)
The main audience for both of these posts are married women, but I also know that there are many single women out there who read these posts. And if they are anything like me, they might have interpreted the posts this way:
The epitome of Biblical womanhood is being a wife and a mother.
Now don’t get me wrong. I think that being a wife and a mother are two very important callings in a woman’s life. In fact, I can’t think of any greater callings other than that of being a child of God, but the posts raised a question in me:
If being a wife and a mother is the epitome of a Biblical woman, what does that mean for those of us who are single?
Does it mean that we are not Biblical or godly women because we are not married? Obviously the answer in “NO!”
Being single doesn’t make us any less Biblical or godly than married women. It just means that the way I live my life as a godly woman looks different from the way a godly and married woman lives her life.
I want to address the issue of Biblical womanhood and singleness, but I believe that it would take more than just this post to accomplish this so for the next few weeks on Thursday’s The Single Life we will be reading through some common (& maybe not so common) Scriptures that address women and the way we should be living as godly women. I want to look at how these Scriptures should be applied in light of being single.
We will start next week in 1 Corinthians 7. We will be concentrating on verse 8 and verses 25-38, but I recommend reading the entire chapter so that you are reading the verses in context.
Some other Scriptures that we will be looking at include:
1 Corinthians 11:2-16
Ephesians 5:22-24 & Colossians 3:18
1 Peter 3:1-5
I haven’t determined an order that we will read through these Scriptures yet other than where we will start. I will let you know week by week what we are going to read through.
I am also wanting to look at some examples of godly single women in the Bible, but we will get more into that as we read through. A few examples would include Mary (the mother of Jesus), Rachel, Dorcas, Anna, Mary & Martha. I know some of them were married at some point in their stories, but at some point in the telling of their stories they were single.
So I hope that you will join me…If you know of some examples or verses or want to contribute in some way (maybe even guest post for me) during this study, leave a comment.
Now it’s your turn!
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