Shades of Grey

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Ladies, you are precious! See yourselves as God sees you and expect any man who hopes to love you, to see you and treat you that way too.

Likewise, husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way, showing honor to the woman 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 ESV)

Women . . . we were made to be cherished, honored and treated as a weaker vessel. Feminists balk at that concept. But it doesn’t mean we are weak, but that men – husbands especially – are to set their hearts on that truth.

So when a popular book and movie came out that romanticized dangerous abuse, I cringed knowing that the enemy was going to try to normalize what isn’t nor should be considered normal. This is not a grey area – this is black and white – an absolute. Love is about protecting and cherishing. Period. It’s definitely brought into the light what was once hidden in darkness and shame, which at least then encourages discussion. Hopefully women who are trapped in abusive relationships will feel able to reach out and get help.

Ladies, we are precious. God – the Creator of the universe – loves and cherishes us. We need to see ourselves as He sees us and expect any man who hopes to love us, to see us and treat us that way too. It’s not for you to reach out and save the ‘bad boys’ . . . save yourself for a good one and let the Holy Spirit lead a man of God to witness to the lost men.

Father, thank You for loving us in such a gentle way and showing us how we should be treated as women. Help us to see ourselves as You do and free us from the bondages and lies of the enemy that would want us to accept anything less. Amen!

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