Friday, March 5, 2010

In the image of God

Many Zambian women do not feel like they have much value as a person. They do most of the work at home, take care of the children, and work in their fields most often without words of appreciation from their husbands. Many of the women I teach are beaten by their husbands when he comes home drunk or if things aren't just right at home. They are taught even from a young age that they are not important. That is why today I taught on how women were created in the image of God (just like men were) so therefore she is a valuable person. We looked at many verses but focused on Prov. 31:10-31. That Prov. 31 woman was something! She did so much! Her husband trusted in her and loved her. The wife was always good to her husband. She knew her value and who she was in Christ. Therefore, she was able to act wisely and humbly. She obeyed God's plan by following her husband as the leader. She did many good things because she knew that she had value from God. This woman had strength, dignity, wisdm, and kindness. From these verses we can see how God wants us to be also. He wants us to be able to think and plan. He wants us to be wise and kind. He wants us to be able to help our husband and our families. This woman helped the poor. She made good clothes for her family. She followed the leading of her husband. Her husband and children praised her! I think this husband thought that his wife was a valuable person created in the image of God. While we can not control our husbands actions we certainly can control ours. Hopefully, in time these women that I teach will receive the praise they deserve from their husbands and children. Please pray for the women all over Zambia!
A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies. Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value. Prov. 31:10-11

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