Second to last challenge! I’ve loved taking the time to think through these things…I need challenging.
“That in all your relationships with men you seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit in applying the Biblical vision of manhood and womanhood; that you develop a style and demeanor that does justice to the unique role God has given to man to feel responsible for gracious leadership in relation to women—a leadership which involves elements of protection and care and initiative. That you think creatively and with cultural sensitivity (just as he must do) in shaping the style and setting the tone of your interaction with men.”
And…this is a hard one.
I think what makes this one so difficult is that we’re so incredibly influenced by our messed-up culture. How men and women relate to one another have been one area where there is a lot of confusion, even in the church.
I’ve taken classes at seminary on gender issues. They were incredibly helpful, but I’m far from having everything figured out. I’m closer to understanding the theory than I am the practice.
Books and courses have been great, but I think the biggest place I’ve learned how to be a women a treat men like men is from the examples of those in my church. You can learn a lot by being invited (or wedging your way in!) into the lives and homes of those more mature and farther along than you.
Especially as a single woman, this is an area that I have to be humble and open to correction. I don’t have a husband to run ideas by or ask questions of. But there are people in my life that I hope feel comfortable to confront or correct me when needed.
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