God-designed delights of womanliness


We have recently been thinking about guys and girls, their roles in the world and the ways they should relate to each other. Here is a quote from Mrs. Jennie Chancey who is a homeschooling lady from the states. She says:
“Our world desperately needs to see the beautiful antithesis that is the gospel. Christians need to declare to the lost that femininity is a wonderful part of the image of God: “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him, male and female he created them” (Genesis 1:27). As our culture drifts into greater androgyny, what an opportunity we have to show the God-designed delights of womanliness! We need young women who cherish their purity and desire to honour their parents through chaste behaviour, speech and dress. We need girls of character who cultivate their minds and emotions to reflect God’s design with joy, intelligence and delight.” 

Some questions for thought and discussion:
1. How can ladies make practical efforts to show "the God-designed delights of womanliness"?
2. How can we  practically make a clear declaration to the lost that godly femininity is a wonderful part of the image of God?
3. What does the bible say about this issue?

2 comments:

  1. Just a few of my thoughts on this that I thought I'd share...

    1 Timothy 2:9-13 says, "In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shame-facedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls or costly array; but (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works. Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. For Adam was first formed, then Eve." As there are distinctions in the roles of men and women (as we can see from this verse), so there should be distinctions in the way we dress.

    Women should be proud of their roles as women and should also be proud to dress as women! Godly femininity demonstrates obedience to God's Word in that godly women should be adorning themselves modestly and submitting themselves to their fathers/husbands.

    By dressing in a feminine and modest way, we demonstrate to the world that we are different because God calls us to be so. If we dress in a feminine way, and conduct ourselves in a modest manner (as described in the above verse), this goes a long way, I think, in practically demonstrating "the God-designed delights of womanliness."

    As I said before, men and women have different, distinct roles that God has set for us in His Word. By living up to His standards that He has set for us as women, we are living witnesses that godly femininity is a wonderful part of the image of God.

    What does everyone else think?

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  2. I was going to write a very similar comment, Rebekah, but you nailed the topic on the head! But of course there is much more to being a woman than wearing Cath Kidston prints and lacy aprons.

    As we strive for womanliness we should look at women from Scripture and follow their pattern. For example Lydia in Acts and the Proverbs 31 woman; being hospitable, being charitable, helping the saints, being submissive, loving our families, serving the Lord faithfully and so on. It is vital to accept our roles as women, and not try to do what God has designed only men to do.

    The best example of womanhood we can set for the watching world is surely firstly being a good witness for Christ, and secondly living as a Biblical woman should; showing that there is a difference between men and women, as Rebekah said.

    One thing women can do to encourage feminity and masculinity is by encouraging men to be men, by treating them like men, by accepting their authority and leadership (obviously not just because they are male, but our own respective authorities) and not seeking to prove that women are better than men.

    Anyway, hope this somehow answers the questions posted above...

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