I've started trying to sort out what culture says about women from what God says. I'm jotting down verses as I explore. What passages do you think about when you think of God's words about/for women?
Genesis 1-9 - God created the heavens and the earth. "In the day that God created man, He made him in the likeness of God. He created them male and female, and blessed them and called them Mankind in the day they were created." Genesis 5:1-2
1 Peter 3:3-6 - let your adornment "be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God."
Titus 2:3-5 - "the older women likewise, that they be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things - that they admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be blasphemed."
1 Timothy 5:9-16 - notes: women should pursue good works such as raising children, hospitality, serving the saints, caring for the afflicted, managing their house, etc. Women should not throw away their faith, be idle, gossip, etc.
1 Timothy 2:8-15 - notes: it's right for Christian women to dress modestly, do good works, listen and learn, raise children, continue in faith, love, holiness, and self-control.
2 Timothy 1:5 - mother and grandmother of faith
Proverbs 31 - notes: a virtuous woman is trustworthy, seeks good for her family and works hard to prepare food and clothing for them, is generous toward the needy, is prepared for challenging times, honors her husband, fears the Lord, speaks wisdom in kindness
Joshua 17:3-6 - Zelophehad's daughters (tribe of Manasseh) received an inheritance of land
1 Corinthians 11:2-16 - "But I want you to know that the head of every man is Christ, the head of woman is man, and the head of Christ is God."
Galatians 3:28 - Christians are equal in Christ
honor God as Creator, the One who brought structure and beauty out of chaos
These are some of the women written about in the Bible who are an encouragement to me:
2 Chronicles 22:10-12 - Jehoshabeath
Ruth 1-4 - Ruth
Matthew 9:20-22 - woman Jesus healed and called "daughter"
Luke 10:38-42 - Mary, sister of Lazarus
Luke 2:36-38 - Anna