“Likewise, husbands live with your wives in an understanding way, showing honor to the women as the weaker vessel, since they are heirs with you of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered.” 1 Peter 3:7
What makes the Bible so amazing and unique is the way it exalts women. The Bible doesn’t demean or belittle women. It is just the opposite, the Bible goes out of its way to pay homage to them, to ennoble their roles in society and family, to acknowledge the importance of their influence, and to exalt the virtues of women who were particularly godly examples.
Women from the beginning of Scripture are told that just like men they bear the image of God (Genesis 1:27; 5:1,2). At Sinai, God commanded children to honor both father and mother (Exodus 20:12).
This was a revolutionary concept in an era when most pagan cultures were dominated by men who ruled their households with iron fists while women were usually regarded as lesser creatures – mere servants to men.
Scripture seems to set women apart for special honor! Husbands are commanded to love their wives sacrificially, as Christ loves the church – even if they have to lose their own life (Ephesians 5:25-31). The Bible celebrates the priceless value of a virtuous woman (Proverbs 12:4; 31:10).
The point is simple – pagan religion encourage the devaluation of women, but the Bible from cover to cover portrays women as extraordinary! Eve, Sarah, Rahab, Ruth, Hannah, Mary, Anna, Mary Magdalene, Lydia, Martha and Mary, and a host of others who gave of themselves to serve their God and their families.
“Scripture honors women as women, and it encourages them to seek honor in a uniquely feminine way (Proverbs 31:10-30). Scripture never discounts the female intellect, downplays the talents and abilities of women, or discourages the right use of women’s spiritual gifts. But whenever the Bible expressly talks about the marks of an excellent woman, the stress is always on feminine virtue. The most significant women in Scripture were influential not because of the careers, but because of their character.” John MacArthur
Yesterday, our country celebrated Mother’s Day – let us make sure that we are always grateful for our wives, mothers, sisters and other women in our lives. Let us show them year round the respect of being a co-heir with Christ, and thank God for their involvement in our lives.
The Bible honors and esteems women like no other religion and we want to do the same at Abundant Grace! How about you?