Take a few moments right now and ask God to help you see His creation of men and women from His vantage point. Remember that we are surrounded by many ideas, values and beliefs that are generated by our culture and society, that don’t square with God’s values and will.
Romans 12:2 tells us, “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.”
Spend some time reading and considering the following passages. What can you do to incorporate them into how you view, value and respect the place of women?
21 So the LORD God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep. While the man slept, the LORD God took out one of the man’s ribs and closed up the opening. 22 Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib, and he brought her to the man. 23 “At last!” the man exclaimed. “This one is bone from my bone, and flesh from my flesh! She will be called ‘woman,’ because she was taken from ‘man.’” 24 This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.
Genesis 2:21-24 (NLT)
Jesus reiterates this in Mark 10:6-7.
What are some of the implications of the woman being intricately “made” (an architecture term) from living tissue instead of dirt like Adam?
If the two are now “united into one” in marriage, what does that say about a woman’s value?
In our culture (music, TV, movies, social media, conversations etc.), how do you see the uniqueness of women (1) celebrated (2) down played (3) misappropriated?
There are obvious differences in men and women when it comes to physiology. What advantages do you see in having both strong female and male influences in families?
Read Proverbs 31 and look at all the ways the woman described is active in her family and community. As you do, think about women who are and have been key influences in your life. Pray for those still around and consider how you can express appreciation to them.