We have looked at five important doctrines that a woman seeking biblical womanhood should stand firm upon in her life. It is because of these doctrines that we affirm a number of beliefs that are central to the Christian faith and those desiring to practice biblical womanhood. For the next several weeks we will examine these beliefs and how they relate to us and the culture in which we live.
Rights. That is what everyone is clamoring for today. Nearly every news story can be boiled down to someone either wanting more rights or someone’s rights having been violated. Equal rights. Race rights. Sexuality rights. Financial equality. Educational equality. Employment rights. Religious rights. Sadly, the human sinful condition is willing to harm one group in order to satisfy the crying of another. This is not what Scripture teaches. As women seeking true biblical womanhood we must understand that
Selfish insistence on personal rights is contrary to the spirit of Christ who humbled Himself, took on the form of a servant and laid down His life for us.
Luke 13:30, And, behold, there are last which shall be first, and there are first which shall be last.
It is often difficult to understand this concept. As Christians, we do not live for a temporal world and reward. We should strive to live in the spiritual and the world that is to come.
John 15:13, Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
Today, we quickly think of the military or first responders as those that exemplify the above verse. However, this may also be illustrated in those who take a meal to a new mom, take bags of groceries to a family who is struggling financially, holding the hand of a friend as they undergo chemo, rake the neighbor’s leaves “just because,” or pay for the person behind them in the drive-thru. Laying down your life for someone doesn’t have to be literal. It is setting aside your time, your finances in order to help another. It is inconveniencing oneself on behalf of another.
Ephesians 4:32, And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.
The above verse gives us even more understanding on what it is to live a selfless live. It exemplifies qualities that as Christians we need to strive toward. The Greek word chréstos is translated here as kind. Additional meanings may be useful, gentle, pleasant. Don’t we need more of this in our relationships today? Eusplagchnos is translated in this verse as tenderhearted. It may also be defined as merciful, compassionate. Would this describe you on your commute to work or waiting in line at WalMart? How about in dealing with those you might deem “beneath” you? One of the hardest traits to strive toward is charizoma, forgiving. The definition for this word is found in three ways: (a) I show favor to, (b) I pardon, forgive, (c) I show kindness. Notice, this verse goes on to say that this is how God has forgiven (same Greek word) us. When someone has hurt us are we able to forgive them in this same manner?
Philippians 2:5-8, Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: 7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: 8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
Jesus Christ is the greatest example of not striving for personal rights. Jesus, the Holy One, left earth not seeking His own fame. Instead, He came as a servant, a humble man, in the form of a baby, the weakest of all mankind. Although He could have taken Himself off the cross, He did not. He chose to give His life for all mankind. Through the shedding of His blood God had prepared His Lamb to as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of the world. The ultimate selfless act.
The framework of this series was taken from the True Woman Manifesto provided through Revive Our Hearts Ministry.