“These are virtues that will literally change your outward appearance!”
Our culture has lost its understanding of what makes a woman beautiful and strong. As the egalitarianism increases, the distinctions between the sexes have decreased–and it’s much more than appearance.
This quote by Dabney has caused me to ponder deeply the essence of the female gender, and I think it is astounding how subtly we have let the two sexes almost merge, and, in fact, fight against every shred of effort to keep them gloriously separated!
“…the hot glare of publicity will deflower her delicacy and sweetness…unsexed and denaturalized, shorn of the true glory of her femininity, will appear to men as a feeble hybrid manikin dwarf, with all the defects and none of the strength of the male. Instead of being the dear object of his chivalrous affection, she becomes his importunate rival, despised without being feared!”
God has allowed our own ignorance and covetous hearts to give us exactly the opposite of the thing we strive so vehemently for–worth and value.
The more the feminist agenda is realized, the more women have actually been devalued.
God’s design cannot be improved upon. When will we learn that? Men and women are created much like a seat belt. Both parts equally important, but the whole thing rendered useless if they are each unwilling to embrace their created differences.
Part of that perfect design of woman is the “glory of her femininity.” Some of us think–“Oh, that means wearing a dress.” Well, it could, or you could be just as masculine in a dress. It has much more to do with your understanding and cultivating the inner virtues of the heart; those virtues God has planted to separate you and equip you for your distinct role.
This series will look at about 15 virtues specific to women, mentioned in Scripture, and we’ll discuss what they mean and how we can cultivate those in our own lives. These are virtues that will literally change your outward appearance! And while some of these may be present simply as a result of being a child of God, more often they must be practiced and deliberately improved.
I am guilty of spending far too much time, money and energy trying to improve my outward appearance. And while I believe we are to present ourselves in a pleasant and beautiful way, it is useless if we are not allowing God to beautify our hearts.
So, get ready for your makeover.
Follow these links for the 9-part series!