The Bible says “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” (Genesis 1:27 ESV). This verse lays a foundation for the significance of personal relationships and gender roles on the basis of bearing God’s image.

“The creation of man as male and female shows God’s image in (1) harmonious interpersonal relationships, (2) equality in personhood and importance, and (3) difference in role and authority.” (Wayne Grudem)

Each of these three areas contributes to civilization. God never intended us to live in solitude. He desires us to participate in the lives of other people as a force for good. Let’s consider briefly how this works.

I. Harmonious Interpersonal Relationships

God intends for men and women to be able to co-exist peacefully. The glory of God can be seen when we are able to have disagreements without hurting those around us. When our lives become uncomfortable, we try to communicate the nature of our problem without personally insulting or becoming violent towards other people.

God wants us to search for ways to settle our disagreements in a way that protects and nurtures the relationships we have with each other (instead of ending them): “Behold, how good and pleasant it is
when brothers dwell in unity!” the Bible says in Psalm 133:1 (ESV)

II. Equality in Personhood and Importance

There are differences between men and women. God intends for these differences to make us more valuable to the members of the other gender, not less. The physical, mental and emotional differences between men and women were designed by God to compliment each other.

These differences allow men to shelter women from the harsh realities of this world, while women are able to help refresh and revive men who are exhausted by the harsh realities of this world with their gentleness and loyalty.

To state it simply, men exist to help women hide from the burdens of the world outside the home, and women exist to help men be refreshed from the burdens of the world inside the home.

This is God’s design for the marriage relationship.

III. Differences In Role and Authority (In Marriage)

This blueprint for the marriage relationship was designed by God and described in the book of Genesis. It is also a matter of great importance within the Church. In the Bible we are told this:

“Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands.

Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. n the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.” (Ephesians 5:22-28 ESV)

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