Why would Paul single out these concerns for both men and women – prayer without anger or fighting for men; and modesty with behaviour appropriate to their profession of faith for women?
There can be hard words to read in this passage, but we know God’s word is always a truth-mirror for our hearts. And so even when hard, we must wrestle with what He tells us, and submit under His will.
Which here, Paul clearly points to, is that we lead peaceful and quiet lives, godly and dignified in every way.
How can we live like this, in a way that is pleasing to God?
Paul opens it up with calling on men to pray without anger or quarrelling, and women to dress themselves in good works rather than the vanity of the world.
Are these two callouts the end of wisdom? No, of course not. It’s not the last word Paul has for Timothy, and it’s not all God’s word has to say about things either.
But it is here for us to read and dwell on, to ask God for His wisdom in how we go about pleasing Him.
* Father God,
Please help us be wise in Your wisdom. As we read Your word, please write it on our hearts, that we might not sin against You.
And as we come to passages that might prick us, that might be hard for us to process, please Lord may our hearts be humble and contrite, knowing that You are the God who loves us, who sent His Son to die for us. That You are working all things for our good.