Titus 2:3-5 New International Version (NIV)
3 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. 4 Then they can urge the younger women to love their husbands and children, 5 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.
In Titus 2 we see the command for older women to teach or train the younger women to be a Godly wife and mother. They are not only called to minister to their own families, but to other women as well. In Proverbs 31, we see the wife of noble character who’s worth is far above rubies called to minister to the poor and give instruction by her wisdom.
Proverbs 31:20-26 New International Version (NIV)
20 She opens her arms to the poor
and extends her hands to the needy.
21 When it snows, she has no fear for her household;
for all of them are clothed in scarlet.
22 She makes coverings for her bed;
she is clothed in fine linen and purple.
23 Her husband is respected at the city gate,
where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.
24 She makes linen garments and sells them,
and supplies the merchants with sashes.
25 She is clothed with strength and dignity;
she can laugh at the days to come.
26 She speaks with wisdom,
and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
In the book of Judges, God raised up a woman, Deborah, as the only female judge who prophesied to His people. In the book of Acts, both men and women have the spiritual gift of prophecy to proclaim God’s word to the people.
Acts 2:17-18 New International Version (NIV)
17 “‘In the last days, God says,
I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
your young men will see visions,
your old men will dream dreams.
18 Even on my servants, both men and women,
I will pour out my Spirit in those days,
and they will prophesy.”
There are other Godly women in Scripture God used as mother figures for His kingdom. Who did Jesus appear to after He was resurrected? It wasn’t a righteous woman to whom he appeared, but a sinner who had been set free from the demons of her past. Jesus made Mary Magdalene whole again after she'd been mistreated by men from her past. She knew deep down in her heart that she wasn’t merely a sex object for men. Jesus was the only man in the world who treated her with dignity and respect. That is why she clung to Him and supported Him while all the other disciples deserted Him in His final hours. She was a redeemed sinner and found a man who rescued her darkness and despair. He gave her life and purpose. She became a child of God in a mission for His kingdom.
John 11:25 ►
New International Version
Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die...”