PRAYER ALERT on treating women right vs. breaking boundaries. The pinnacle of a man’s love for a woman should be a husband loving his wife, “just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy” (Eph. 5:25). The only physical kind of love that a man should have for a woman—in holy matrimony—goes along with the most spiritual kind of love. They not only become one flesh. They also become one in soul and spirit (see 1 Cor. 6:15-20).
Men, if you haven’t found the right woman, don’t look for her. Become the right man, and you will attract the right woman. Until then, don’t engage in romance that does not lead to a godly marriage. And take a woman’s no to mean no.
Women, learn how to say a “no” that clearly—and not maybe—means no. But if you dress or act provocatively, you are part of the problem. You are making life difficult for women who are trying to stay virtuous. And you are tempting men, many of whom are trying to resist temptation.
Men, if you cross a woman’s boundaries, you may lose what you’ve worked for all your lives. And you may prejudice women against men who are virtuous.
Women, don’t make false accusations that may undermine the true ones, as well as ruin an innocent man’s career. “A false witness will not go unpunished” (Prov. 19:5,9).
Men and women, God is watching you. Whatever evil act that people don’t bring to judgment, God will. So take His offer of repentance, forgiveness and righteousness, while you still have time.
PRAY WITH US. Father God, we thank You that You first loved us. You created us in love. You made man and woman to show that love on earth. But the devil came between Adam and Eve. He has been trying to divide men and women ever since. Instead, we pray for the right relationships that Jesus bought with His blood. We pray for greater unity of the Bride with Christ and of wives with their husbands. We pray for a holy wave of purity to sweep over the youth and the unmarried.
Reverse the sexual revolution. You did it before in England. In a degenerate age, Wilberforce started a new morality which influenced the world. We honor the fathers and mothers who taught us that morality. We confess that our generation has largely abandoned it. Now we are reaping bad fruit. But we ask Your grace for a new season of sowing righteousness. Root us and establish us in Your love. Guide us from respect into friendship and into true brotherly and sisterly love. Grow us in Your family-of-God values so we may show them to the world. They are looking for love, and You are the right place to find it. In Jesus’ name, amen.
DailyInsight. The top criteria for future spouses is how much they love God. Because He’ll help them love you when you’re unlovable (See 1 John 4:19).
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