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“However, in the Lord, neither is woman independent of man, nor is man independent of woman.  For as the woman originates from the man, so also the man has his birth through the woman; and all things originate from God” (1 Corinthians 11:11-12).

We come to the place of understanding the reasoning of Paul.  There are distinctions and we ought not ignore them, yet recognize that all good things come from God who established His order.  Live in harmony with the things of God and do not follow the world which continues its rebellion against the Lord and His established order.  We are created in relationship and for relationship.

Lord, I am often tugged by this world which is constantly hammering against Your established order.  Help me, I pray, to see through the fog of this age to know that what You have established is right and good.  Let me be sensitive in those places where there has been abuse, but also firm in those places where Your created order is being questioned that in life I may live into Your order always.

Lead me, Lord Jesus, for You know how humanity thwarts the Father’s will by manmade laws and customs.  Help me to be both gracious and firm in living into the life for which You have created me and called me.  Guide me by Your example to confront evil, love my neighbor and live in harmony with all that You have commanded.  Guide me in the way of everlasting life.  Amen.