Does social media have you confused over what it really means to be a strong woman? Feel like you need to riot to have a voice and make a change? Wondering what it takes to be a really strong woman?
Here are 7 ways a truly strong woman stands out, makes a difference, and turns the world upside-down:
BY HAVING A STRONG PERSONAL FAITH
The strong woman doesn’t depend on any other man (or woman) to find wisdom. This is not because she thinks that she is better than anyone else and that her knowledge is superior, but that she knows God’s wisdom is superior to all else. She builds up and nurtures a strong, personal relationship with God. She knows that before trying to change anyone or anything else – she must change herself from the inside out.
“She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue” (Proverbs 31:26).
BY KEEPING HER STRENGTH UNDER CONTROL
Any woman can get angry when she feels like she’s not getting what she deserves or when she really, really wants something (ain’t that the truth?). It’s easy to start a fight, show anger, and start drama at what we perceive to be injustices to our person and our rights – but it takes a truly strong woman to keep her strength under control and fight only when it’s really necessary.
A truly strong woman knows when to speak, when to be silent, when to fight, and when to save her energy for a more important fight. You think it’s weak to be quiet? Just remember Jesus. He was the strongest man of all, and yet in the face of injustice directed towards His person – He was silent.
A strong woman doesn’t riot for her own rights – her strength is softened by dignity, led by wisdom, and ruled by kindness
“She opens her mouth with wisdom… Strength and dignity are her clothing” (Proverbs 31:25, 26)
“Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God” (James 1:19, 20).
BY SPEAKING UP
Strong women know have a voice – and they know when to use it. They have studied and have a conviction to the point that their words are filled with the power of the Spirit, God’s Word. Because she knows what the will of the Lord is for her, the strong woman doesn’t speak out not for her own rights but for the rights of those who don’t have a voice – such as the elderly, the parent-less, the disabled, and the unborn.
“Give justice to the weak and the fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute. Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked” (Psalm 82:3, 4).
“Open your mouth, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy” (Proverbs 31:9).
“I was eyes to the blind and feet to the lame. I was a father to the needy, and I searched out the cause of him whom I did not know” (Job 29:15, 16).
BY SERVING OTHERS
Rather than feeling entitled and wanting to gain rights and privileges for herself, the strong woman focuses on how she can better serve others. She cares for the marginalised members of society and serves those who can’t serve her back.
Rather than marching for her own rights, the strong woman fights for the rights of others and shows how she truly cares by using her precious time and resources to serve those members of society.
“I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35)
BY LEADING AND TEACHING
Because she is so strong in her own relationship with God, the strong woman knows there are others who need God and guidance. She cares about the next generation, both men and women, and uses her wisdom to spread the good news and strengthen the church. She defends the truth, teaches others his way, and mentors young women and shows them what a real strong woman looks like. God’s Word is like a fire burning inside of her and she just cannot keep it to herself (Jeremiah 20:9).
“And he began to speak boldly in the synagogue: whom when Aquila and Priscilla had heard, they took him unto them, and expounded unto him the way of God more perfectly” (Acts 18:26)
“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” (Titus 2:4-6).
BY REMEMBERING WHERE HER STRENGTH COMES FROM
The strong woman knows that the only reason she has any strength at all is because of Christ’s infinite grace and her pursuit of His divine wisdom. Because she relies on God for strength, she has an overflowing, inexhaustive reservoir of strength. She has moments of weakness but even in her darkest hour, she is strong because she knows that God supplies a strength that will take her through any difficulty.
She does not gloat in the power of being a woman, but in the power, strength, and identity that only God can provide. She knows that without Him, she is and has nothing.
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might” (Ephesians 6:10)
“I thank him who has given me strength, Christ Jesus our Lord, because he judged me faithful, appointing me to his service” (1 Timothy 1:12).
“whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen” (1 Peter 4:11)
BY GIVING ALL HER STRENGTH AWAY
Because she knows where her strength comes from and she is so grateful for every grace, the strong woman dedicates herself to giving all her strength to God. She loves God with all her intellect, all her strength, and all her soul (Mark 12:30). And because she knows it was never her strength or wisdom to begin with, the strong woman doesn’t take any of the credit or glory for herself. She gives every bit of glory to God and works to glorify His name with every fibre of her being (1 Peter 4:11). She doesn’t work to have a better life for herself, but for others. She shines her light so that God is known and glorified by all who come into contact with her (1 Peter 2:12).
Her life’s cry is: “Not to [me], O LORD, not to [me], but to your name give glory, for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness!” (Psalm 115:1).
“And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” (Mark 12:30)
“One who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen” (1 Peter 4:11).