If there’s something I have a great understanding of, it isn’t women.
But something I understand (thanks to teaching and correction) is respect toward women.
Most of us have heard the grotesque words that came from the mouth of a famous non-politician politician.
Less of us have probably heard about the NFL kicker who admittedly abused his wife.
As a man, I would like to apologize. For the words spoken against you. For the disrespect you may so often receive. For the hurt you’ve felt from words an actions. For the ones who denied you. For the ones that made you feel worthless.
This isn’t an issue of locker-room talk, as if to say guys can say whatever that want about women when they aren’t around. The absence of women in the room doesn’t open a door for callousness toward them, the very creation of God for man’s “helper” (Genesis 2:18).
I may not understand women, or even be capable of successfully speaking to one, but I understand the importance womankind received through the hand of the Creator.
Look at this verse:
“There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male or female, for you are all one in Christ.”
Galatians 3: 28
Paul is addressing the church of Galatia. The church here is struggling with false teaching, falling into an idea of righteousness through works of the law rather than true righteousness through faith. Jewish versus Gentile. Paul is telling the church that righteousness is not received through the carrying out of Jewish ritual, but through a genuine faith in Christ.
“So what does this have to do with women?” Well, everything. Paul is stating here that there is no distinction in Christ. Not to eliminate the designed purpose between men and women, but Paul is saying that through Christ all can reach righteousness through faith in him. You don’t have to have a certain salary. You don’t have to be a man. You don’t have to be a specific ethnicity.
Jesus is the same Jesus, the same savior, the same Lord, of faithful men and faithful women.
Men and women are united in one body in Christ. Jesus’s love is open to all. It isn’t open to men first with the leftovers remaining for women. Jesus’s unfailing love is open and attainable for male and female, young and old, rich and poor, black and white.
Women, Because of Christ:
- you are loved.
- you are accepted.
- you are worthy.
- you are strong.
- you are conquerors.
As a man, I understand that women deserve to be respected. Women deserve to be treated fairly and loved. With a love equal to the love Christ gives all.
Thankfully, I understand this because I have been loved by the greatest of women: my mom. I plead for respect of women based solely on the life and love my father gave my mother. And because of the love I received from my mother.
I hope this strengthens someone. I hope somewhere mankind understands the importance of respecting the creation of woman from our God.
Women, I hope these words did you justice. I hope American finds you justice. I pray every man respects you, and blesses you with the same love Christ has available for you. (If these words didn’t do a good job speaking to you as women, let me know I’ll take this down – I’m only man, I make more mistakes.)
You are loved. You are adored. You are worthy. You are conquerors. Because of Jesus.
“I cannot tell you how much I owe to the solemn word of my good mother.” ~ Charles Spurgeon
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