By Rachelle Green
“A man ought not to cover his head, since he is the image and glory of God; but woman is the glory of man.”1 Corinthians 11:7
When I first read this verse, I felt disappointment. I heard in those words that, as a woman, I was less than a man. But recently, one evening, I discussed this concept with a small group of women and my imagination was stirred…
The Holy Spirit gives glory to Christ, and Christ gives glory to the Father. In John 16:14, Christ is speaking to the disciples about the coming of the Holy Spirit and says, “He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine, and declare it to you.” Then in John 17:4, Christ says, speaking to the Father, “I have glorified you on the earth, I have finished the work which You have given me to do.” The Holy Spirit glorified Christ at His conception, baptism, and in all the works, which testified of Jesus. Jesus repeatedly said, He did nothing on His own, but only what He saw the Father doing.
In Genesis, when God created Adam, He made him in His image. As God breathed into Adam, he became a living being. Then, God put Adam to sleep and made a woman from Adam’s body. Adam and Eve came to reflect the image of God in another way. They were two, yet one. Adam said, “She is bone of my bone, and flesh of my flesh. She shall be called woman, for she was taken out of man.”
I imagine that Adam was split into two complementary parts. A male part and a female part. Perhaps, that is why God says, “It is not good that man should be alone, I will make a helper comparable to him.” If all that Adam needed, to be whole, was in himself, he would have been alone. God declares in Genesis 1:26,27, “Let Us make man in our image, according to our likeness, let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth. So God created man in His own image; in the image of God he created him; male and female He created them.”
As the Spirit of God gives glory to Christ, and Christ to the Father, so the woman gives glory to the man, and the man to Christ. In this way we look like our God.
The other day I corrected my husband in front of our son. When I shared this with some of the women God placed in my life, they were honest with me about the consequences that may develop. I heard them, but what I felt was frustration. I have tried many times to tame my tongue, and failed as much as I’ve tried.
These ladies must have been praying for me, for that night I woke up with a heavy heart. I saw how this sin affects my son. I prayed and asked for God’s help. He put a verse in my heart: “As His divine power has given us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption which is in the world through lust.” 2 Peter 1:3,4
We will never mirror the perfection of Christ, until we’re united with Him in heaven. In the meantime, we are learning to put off the old man and put on the new man. When God draws attention to places in our hearts that believe wrong, we can repent, allowing truth to take root. When truth has blossomed, it will bear righteousness. The goal is not that we be perfected in this life, that is yet to come. The goal is that we learn to live by faith in Christ.
Thank God for good counselors… Beautiful women who help me see the truth. A marriage counselor who helped me remember what to do with the truth. And the Holy Spirit, I can see. is my true counselor, working through the body of Christ and through a troubled heart at night. Through all the problems He brings to light the beauty of who He is, the purpose for His design. In the end, instead of shame, I find His glory! My heart delights to praise Him.
If I don’t bring glory to my husband, how will my son, see the greatness of his father? He will see instead, his failure. As a woman, my actions have the potential to highlight the greatness of my husband. Men are moved by glory. They are motivated by respect, the same way a woman is moved by love. By being my husband’s greatest fan, I bring out the best in him and I teach my son about his own value as a man. My hope is that I will love, more and more, my own place in bringing glory to my husband. I’ll follow in the footsteps of Jesus, when He brought Glory to His Father. He not only honored Him, he brought many sons to glory. With God’s grace, it can be done.