Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Respect For Women

The Bible is so rich with the stories and miracles of women; those named and unnamed; women that the authors of the Bible wrote about with such passion. My favorite women as a team are Ruth and Naomi. (Book of Ruth) The story of Ruth and Naomi teach us about love, respect, loyalty and true friendship between mother/daughter/mother-in-law/daughter-in-law. It teaches and shows us as women how we should treat other women. Naomi the elder taught Ruth about God, carried herself in such a way that Ruth followed her back to her homeland. Ruth saw God in Naomi and respected her so much. Naomi, through her love and faithfulness to God, led Ruth to give up the pagan gods and turn her ways to those of the Lord. Ruth had much respect for the elder Naomi and took her every advice. As God's fifth commandment says in Exodus 20:12, "Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee." (KJV)

We find in Titus 2:1,3-5, specific instructions on how we should treat each other as women. "But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine: The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed." (KJV)
Sisters, let us treat each other with love and respect, and let us speak life into each other.

Your Sister-in-Christ
Therese from Belize

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