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Sister, You Are Not a Mistake

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Carolyn Custis James, in her book Half the Church, writes of a vision of men and women working together as God’s sons and daughters. She refers to this force as the Blessed Alliance. She writes, “The Blessed Alliance is central to God’s kingdom strategy for the world. Without it, we are pursuing kingdom work at a serious disadvantage.”

It's Not a Mistake That You Are a Woman

In prayer, God continues to lead me back to his life-giving Scriptures. There in his living Word he tells me who I am, who he is, and what he thinks about me as a woman. And it’s good stuff. Recently I read 1 Corinthians 12, and in the context of all the thoughts, fears, and pain swirling around my heart, Jesus led me to these words (1 Cor. 12:12–20; 25–26):

Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.

Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. If they were all one part, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, but one body. . . .

There should be no division in the body, but . . . its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.

October12, 2015 at 8:00 AM

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