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Marriage series #5: Equality

Men and women are equal in the eyes of God. The Apostle Paul in Galatians 3:28 teaches, "There is neither male nor female, for ye are all one in Christ Jesus." The Apostle Peter in I Peter 3:7 teaches that Christian husbands and wives are heirs together of the grace of life."

Women are not property!
Many do not know nor recognize this equality. They downgrade women and treat them as the mere property of men. I've heard men refer to women in derogatory language too vile to print. Christian influence on society sets a woman on a pedestal of honor. It's the influence of Christianity that causes men to be chivalrous and gallant in such things as holding the door open for women. The godless spirit of the age causes some women to be offended by these acts of politeness and thoughtfulness.

Who's the smartest? It doesn't matter.
Although men and women are equal, some husbands are more intelligent than their wives and some wives are more intelligent than their husbands. Some women walk closer to God than their husbands and some husbands walk closer to God than their wives. Men and women, though equal, are wired differently mentally and emotionally. A woman can never be as masculine as a man and a man can never be as feminine as a woman. Do you thank God for the gender God chose for you? I encourage you to read Psalm 139 and praise God for the way He made you.

Wife, are you a cheerleader?
God made the husband to provide for, protect and lead his wife and He made her to be a help, fit for her husband. Genesis 2:18-25 A good husband encourages his wife and has her happiness and satisfaction uppermost on his mind and a good wife is her husband's encourager and "cheer leader". She enhances her husband's image. Proverbs 31:23 says, "her husband is known in the gates when he sitteth among the elders of the land."

Compete or Complete?
In a healthy, happy marriage, the wife does not compete with her husband; instead she completes him. That is the great joy of her life. If a woman is stronger in certain areas, such as mathematics, it would be wise for her to manage the check book. However, the husband as protector and provider, can never abdicate his financial responsibility to his wife. If through mismanagement a family finds themselves drowning in debt, it is his responsibility to solve the problem. When husbands and wives communicate and work together, many financial problems will be avoided.

The most powerful position on earth
Mothers who carry out their responsibilities of child rearing under God hold the most powerful and influential positions in life. There is no work more important, more sacred and more rewarding than loving and training their children Nothing that money can buy is worth surrendering that responsibility and privilege to child care providers or to baby sitters. Truly, "the hand that rocks the cradle rules the world". Women raise, train and shape the character of the next generation of mothers, dads, teachers, doctors, nurses, preachers, business and political leaders of the world. Don't underestimate the importance of this responsibility.

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March 26, 2006 - Posted by | Marriage Series

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