God's Lady

by Richard Mansel, managing editor
womanbible3.jpgWomen are special, being gifts of God to mankind (Genesis 2:18-22). The world is resplendent with their beauty, heart and accomplishments.
Godly women have left a lasting mark on the body of Christ. Their holiness and faith, in the face of opposition, encourages all of us to be better.
In the last few decades, however, a change has occurred, leaving women and their sisters in a crisis. The origin of the change is very telling and its unveiling is especially timely.
The word “lady” or “ladies’ was once a term of distinction and honor. Yet, in the past few years, political correctness has banished the term. Why would they do that? What is wrong with the term, “lady”?
“Feminists argue that being called a ‘lady’ is patronizing and has sexist undertones — due to the association of the expected ‘ladylike’ behavior.”/1 Another says, “The ‘Lady’ prefix is sexist because it connotes propriety and correct behavior.”/2
This is fascinating. According to these sources, and many others that could be cited, the reason that women no longer wish to be called ladies, is that they do not wish to behave like ladies.
Women have been the moral leaders in American society since its inception. Their goodness kept men intact and provided children with a moral compass. That has changed in many ways.
The cigarette ads of decades past, told the story. Women were told, “You’ve come a long way, baby.” Today, many young women no longer resemble their sisters of old. Their mouths continually spew profanity, their bodies shed clothing and their beds meet a string of lovers. Their moral foundations have left the building, running on the fuel of Satan’s lies.
No wonder the designation “lady” has fallen on hard times.
Society is suffering from the lack of moral leadership that so many women of old provided. We must reclaim it, before it is too late.
The Lord’s church desperately needs women of God. Women who understand what God desires of them (Titus 2:4; Matthew 28:18-20).
God’s lady gets her inspiration and style from God’s Word, rather than from Cosmo. She realizes that her body is the temple of God, instead of a weapon of manipulation and power. She uses her body and mind to praise God, rather than to feed lust (Ephesians 3:20-21).
She carries the light of God (Matthew 5:15-16), rather than trumpeting her own glory. She walks in peace, honor and propriety and is far more interested in her spiritual legacy and leaving her world a better place.
God’s lady is worth far more than gold or rubies (Proverbs 31:10).

“Strength and honor are her clothing; She shall rejoice in time to come. She opens her mouth with wisdom, And on her tongue is the law of kindness. She watches over the ways of her household, And does not eat the bread of idleness” (Proverbs 31:25-27, NKJV).

God’s lady is special and brings beauty, grace and wisdom to a barren world. Accordingly, her children, husband, her God, and all that know her, “will rise up and called her blessed” (Proverbs 31:28).
What title could be better?

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1/ http://tinyurl.com/2ctolg8

2/ http://tinyurl.com/2dsux7w

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Richard lives in Florence, Alabama and is married to Deirdre. They have three daughters. He is an avid reader, devoted writer and lover of history and research. He is the author of "The Most Important Question" and is working on more books.

11 thoughts on “God's Lady

  1. Well-written. I couldn’t agree more. We are not to be like the world, but should choose God’s definition for our life to have meaning now and in eternity.

  2. the double standard would be my guess.
    Ladies are expected to be Victorian virgins. Gentlemen are expected to go to gentlemen’s clubs.
    And if “women have been the moral leaders in American society since its inception,” who have all the fornicating and adulterous men been sleeping with?

  3. Nick, I am surprised that this would be your reaction. The way that the world behaves, is not the way that godly people should behave. The men were sleeping with a small group of immoral women, during the times I was discussing. The majority of women were trying to uphold goodness. Women have been the moral leaders. I see that as indisputable. Today, church pews are filled with women.

  4. I think we need more “ladies” in the world. If there were, I seriously doubt we’d be in the state we are in now. I think you touched on a much needed discussion in regards to women. I would like to think since the “lady” is an underdog in the race of life today, more women would support being one. It is “radical” in today’s times to be one.

  5. Wow! What a beautifully written piece! This morning you have educated and edified me. You have blessed me and lifted me up.
    I rarely, if ever, get online in the morning. I certainly don’t check my Tweets! However, the last 7-10 days have been filled with enormous grief. Our father tells us “seek and ye shall find.” … I sought and found you here!

  6. Thank you, Kristen. I am honored that my article was a blessing to you. I pray that the Lord will be with you during these difficult days. God Bless.
    We at Forthright are here for you everyday

  7. Richard, what you see as “indisputable,” I see as an unprovable assumption that flies in the face of the fallenness of all humanity. I also don’t hold to your “small group” theory – that there was this great gaggle of immoral men sharing a small group of immoral women. I hold to the maxim of Groucho Marx: “Don’t kid yourself, sonny. These are the good old days.” Pre-code motion pictures also undermine the assertion that there was a golden age of American morality.
    Scripture doesn’t teach me that the majority of women (or men) are trying to uphold goodness, and nothing in my experience suggests that women are doing any better at purity than men are.
    I don’t believe placing one gender on a pedestal and giving them a special title to shoot for is a profitable means of encouraging anyone to participate in the sanctifying work of God. It reminds me more of the “Do not taste, do not touch, do not handle” rules in Colosse. Rather, we should avoid labeling and title-giving beyond such things as ‘saint’ and ‘disciple’ and ‘Christian’.
    Why would one want to be *more* than a Christian?

  8. Nick, this happened before you were born. So, you could not have seen it. Thanks for your input.

  9. There is so much truth to this, it is hard to find the right words. I am from old school and my thoughts are in favor of the words written in this article. I am glad to read and know that the world is not all evil, there are still God fearing people who will stand up for the truth of God.
    Well done!!!!!

  10. Beautifully written. As a Sunday school teacher and mentor, it is refreshing to see “ladies” who not only know their “worth” but appreciate the and uplift all “ladies” seeking to do the same.
    Keep it up!

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