Women Under the Influence

The other evening I had a chat with the young man who has shown a keen interest in our daughter for the past few months. One topic we discussed was his influence on her. He didn’t realize he had as much influence as we see exhibited.

Without getting him off the hook, I suggested our daughter’s behavior may not be entirely caused by him. It’s the nature of women to be swayed by men.

What else explains the behavior of women in abusive relationships? Why would a woman go back time and time again to a man who beats her and may kill her?

Some Scripture passages come to mind which shed light on this. This isn’t meant to be an exhaustive study by any means, but the verses reveal much.

I’ve put key points and phrases in bold. I’ll conclude with brief comments.

Genesis 3:11-16–And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat? And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat. And the LORD God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat. And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life: And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel. Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.

1 Timothy 2:11-15–Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. For Adam was first formed, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression. Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety.

Titus 2:1-6–But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine: That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience. The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things;That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed. Young men likewise exhort to be sober minded.

1 Peter 3:7–Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.

Notice the vulnerability of women mentioned in these passages. Men and women are different from one another. We’re not made the same. God has ordained it thus.

Notice also how important it is for men to recognize this. We men have a holy duty and high calling to be responsible and godly in our relationships with women.

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