WOMEN (ACCORDING TO THE BIBLE)

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women according bible
women according bible

THE MAN SAID,”THIS IS NOW BONE OF MY BONES AND FLESH OF MY FLESH; SHE SHALL BE CALLED ‘WOMAN,’ FOR SHE WAS TAKEN OUT OF MAN.” GENESIS 2:23 women according bible

DOWN THROUGH THE CENTURIES WOMEN HAVE OFTEN BEEN MALTREATED AND HAVE OCCUPIED A LOW ROLE IN SOCIETY. IN COUNTRIES WHERE THE DOWRY SYSTEM IS STILL IN EFFECT THE BIRTH OF A DAUGHTER CAN CREATE A DREADED FINANCIAL BURDEN FOR POOR PARENTS. OFTEN A BRIDE BECOMES LITTLE MORE THAN A SERVANT TO HER HUSBAND. WHAT DOES THE BIBLE TEACH US ABOUT THE ROLE AND NATURE OF WOMEN? women according bible

MAN’S COMPANION

THE BOOK OF GENESIS TELLS US THAT THE WOMEN WAS MADE AFTER ADAM THE MAN, TO BE A COMPANION OR FRIEND OR HELPER TO MAN. THE WORD “HELPER” DOES NOT MEAN THAT IN ANY WAY SHE IS INFERIOR TO, OR THE SERVANT OF, MAN. THE BIBLE CLEARLY SHOWS US THAT THE MAN IS TO CARE FOR WOMAN AS HE CARES FOR HIS OWN BODY.  PAUL, ONE OF THE NEW TESTAMENT WRITERS, OUTS IT THIS WAY: “HUSBANDS, LOVE TOUR WIVES, JUST AS CHRIST LOVED THE CHURCH AND GAVE HIMSELF UP FOR HER TO MAKE HER HOLY……IN THIS SAME WAY, HUSBANDS OUGHT TO LOVE THEIR OWN BODIES.

women according bible

HE WHO LOVES HIS WIFE LOVES HIMSELF. AFTER ALL, NO ONE EVER HATED HIS BODY, BUT HE FEEDS AND CARES FOR IT,  JUST AS CHRIST DOES THE CHURCH” (EPHESIANS 5:25-29). THIS COMMAND SAYS THAT THE FIRST REQUIREMENT OF A MAN IS TO CARE FOR HIS WIFE, TO LOVE HER, TO TREAT HER WITH KINDNESS AND TENDERNESS. THE MAN IS TO PROVIDE FOR THE WIFE AS HE PROVIDES FOR HIS OWN BODY.

 

CARING FOR EACH OTHER

IN RETURN FOR THE CARE AND PROTECTION GIVEN BY THE HUSBAND, THE WIFE IS TO HELP THE HUSBAND IN EVERY WAY THAT IS LAWFUL. SHE IS TO GIVE HERSELF TO HIM, EVEN AS HE GIVES HIMSELF TO HER. SHE IS TO SUBMIT TO HIM AS THE AUTHORITY IN THE HOME. “WIVES, SUBMIT TO YOUR HUSBANDS AS TO THE LORD. FOR THE HUSBAND IS THE HEAD OF THE WIFE AS CHRIST IS THE HEAD OF THE CHURCH, HIS BODY, OF WHICH HE IS THE SAVIOR. 

women according bible

NOW AS THE CHURCH SUBMITS TO CHRIST, SO ALSO WIVES SHOULD SUBMIT TO THEIR HUSBANDS IN EVERYTHING” (EPHESIANS 5:22-24). THE ROLE OF THE WIFE IS TO MAKE THE LIFE OF THE HUSBAND MORE ENJOYABLE, EASIER. HE CARES FOR HER, AND IN RETURN SHE IS TO CARE FOR HIM. SHE IS TO ENCOURAGE HIM, DEFEND HIM, LIFT HIM UP IN THE EYES OF ALL HER RELATIVES AND FRIENDS. SHE IS TO HONOR HIS DECISIONS AND ABIDE BY THEM. THIS DOES NOT MEAN THAT SHE MAY NOT VOICE HER OPINION OR SUGGEST COUNCIL TO HIM. BUT IT DOES MEAN THAT HIS DECISION IS FINAL. TO OBEY HER HUSBAND IS NO MORE DEMEANING FOR A WIFE THAN IS OBEDIENCE BY THE CHURCH TO CHRIST JESUS.

women according bible

 WHEN THEY FAITHFULLY CARRY OUT THESE TASKS, TRUE LOVE WILL FLOW BETWEEN THEM AND THERE WILL BE MUCH HAPPINESS IN THEIR HOME.

LIFE QUESTIONS: DO YOU BELIEVE THAT MARRIAGE IN YOUR COUNTRY RESEMBLE THE REQUIREMENTS THAT GOD LAYS DOWN FOR MARRIAGE IN THE BIBLE? HOW ARE MARRIAGES TODAY DIFFERENT FROM BIBLICAL MARRIAGES? HOW ARE THEY THE SAME? women according bible

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