Refined, Reposed from Jul 17, 2014,
Because every female is created in God’s image, women have equality with men. Yet it is not sameness, but a counterpart perspective. Every woman is the other point of view in the world. Her insight, gifts and experience create balance to a world dominated by one sided thought – if only men . . . or only women.
“So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.” (Genesis 1:27)
Equality of women with men is certain because there is no greater or lesser “image of God”. Not sameness. A female body unique from men; she has the qualities that make life worth living for herself and for a man. God has designated a unique kind of power and equality of significance to women and to men. Both are given the same opportunity for closeness to Him, both have innate gifts. Women as men have unique personality and brain power; it is part of being created in God’s image: spirit, soul and body.
Through dark ages past women lost their privileged position as equal to men. Slowly has respect and freedom begun to return; we must maintain it by wisdom, stepping up, being whole and filled with the Holy Spirit. Inspiration from the head and heart and soul of a woman should be heard, seen and experienced in the world! It will be: through you.
Maybe power and freedom was lost partly because women did not trust their wisdom, understand their significance and step up? Did our mothers know how they possessed a vital perspective others needed, the world needed both in the culture and their marriage?
It always was and will be: compassion, a perspective that goes for the details, comfort, friendship, loyalty (even to a fault at times), knowledge, and how to create warmth has come from the head, the heart and soul of women. She brings the joy of another realm of the mind . . . sometimes soft assurance just by being there. In addition, women are musicians, scientists, mathematicians. If you look at history their contributions often are touched with compassion.
We need to know this. We can believe it by experience as we step up. This is not arrogance! Arrogance in elements of the Church and the culture diminished the balance of power in the first place. There is a way to step up effectively; the Bible encourages it: “speaking the truth in love”. (Ephesians 4:15)
“But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the Head, even Christ . . .” (Ephesians 4:15)
Take a chance . . . step up with your gifts. You have them: you are created in God’s own image.