By His Grace
As “true” Christian women, we consecrate ourselves to fulfill his calling and purposes for our lives. By his grace and in humble dependence on his power, we will:
Seek to love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength (Deut. 6:4–5; Mark 12:29–30).
Gladly yield control of our lives to Christ as Lord—we will say “Yes, Lord” to the Word and the will of God (Ps. 25:4–5; Rom. 6:11–13; 16–18; Eph. 5:15–17).
Be women of the Word, seeking to grow in our knowledge of Scripture and to live in accord with sound doctrine in every area of our lives (Acts 17:11; 1 Pet. 1:15; 2 Pet. 3:17–18; Titus 2:1, 3–5, 7).
Nurture our fellowship and communion with God through prayer—in praise, thanksgiving, confession, intercession, and supplication (Ps. 5:2; Phil. 4:6; 1 Tim. 2:1–2).
Embrace and express our unique design and calling as women with humility, gratitude, faith, and joy (Prov. 31:10–31; Col. 3:18; Eph. 5:22–24, 33b).
Seek to glorify God by cultivating such virtues as purity, modesty, submission, meekness, and love (Rom. 12:9–21; 1 Pet. 3:1–6; 1 Tim. 2:9–14).
Show proper respect to both men and women, created in the image of God, esteeming others as better than ourselves, seeking to build them up, and putting off bitterness, anger, and evil speaking (Eph. 4:29–32; Phil. 2:1–4; James 3:7–10; 4:11).
Be faithfully engaged in our local church, submitting ourselves to our spiritual leaders, growing in the context of the community of faith, and using the gifts he has given us to serve others, to build up the body of Christ, and to fulfill his redemptive purposes in the world (Rom. 12:6–8; 14:19; Eph. 4:15, 29; Heb. 13:17).
Seek to establish homes that manifest the love, grace, beauty, and order of God, that provide a climate conducive to nurturing life, and that extend Christian hospitality to those outside the walls of our homes.
Honor the sacredness, purity, and permanence of the marriage covenant—whether ours or others’ (Matt. 5:27–28; Mark 10:5–9; 1 Cor. 6:15–20; Heb. 13:4).
Receive children as a blessing from the Lord, seeking to train them to love and follow Christ and to consecrate their lives for the sake of his gospel and kingdom (Ps. 127:3; Prov. 4:1–23; 22:6).
Live out the mandate of Titus 2—as older women, modeling godliness and training younger women to be pleasing to God in every respect; as younger women, receiving instruction with meekness and humility and aspiring to become mature women of God who in turn will train the next generation (Titus 2:3–5).
Seek opportunities to share the gospel of Christ with unbelievers (Matt. 28:19–20; Col. 4:3–6).
Reflect God’s heart for orphans, widows, and others who are vulnerable, marginalized, or oppressed, by extending kindness, ministering to their needs in the name of Christ, and promoting justice for all people as bearers of God’s image (Matt. 25:36; Luke 10:25–37; James 1:27; 1 Tim. 6:17–19).
Pray for a movement of revival and reformation among God’s people that will result in the advancement of the kingdom and gospel of Christ among all nations (2 Chron. 7:14; Ps. 51:1–10; 85:6; 2 Pet. 3:9).
This article is adapted from True Women: The Beauty and Strength of a Godly Woman by Susan Hunt.
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