Monday, January 16, 2023
But among the Lord’s people, women are not independent of men, and men are not independent of women. For although the first woman came from man, every other man was born from a woman, and everything comes from God.
God made all of us, male, and female, in His image.  He did not create us to live alone, but to need each other.  After the Fall, however, the connection God intended between men and women became brittle, difficult, and often full of blame-casting.  Yet among the Lord's people... God made a fresh creation,  the Kingdom of God. Jesus valued men and women equally in His ministry,[ 5] as did the apostle Paul.  This re-creation of God's original plan for men and women was not only revolutionary but also "very good!"  After all, the first woman came from man, every other man was born from a woman, and everything comes from God. Our job isn't to argue about the lesser or greater worth or importance of men and women. Jesus' followers must value each as precious members of Jesus' family with key roles to play in the Kingdom of God. A mature disciple of Jesus will have healthy and holy relationships with both men and women. 
Almighty God, thank you for making clear that you value both men and women. Thank you for Jesus' example in ministering to and serving others with women and men. We confess that we let Satan twist our hearts and create rivalries and misunderstandings about each other's importance and value in your family. We long to have holy, respectful, and appreciative attitudes toward each other so that we can help others find their way into Your family. We ask for Your help in making this true among us today. In the mighty name of Jesus, we pray. Amen.
Together in Christ is a daily devotional that focuses on what Scripture teaches about godly living in relationships.
'Together in Christ' is written by Phil Ware.
Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.
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