Daily Reflections

A Responsive Spirit

October 30, 2023 Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth

A woman is to learn quietly with full submission. —1 Timothy 2:11

Naysayers would have us believe that biblical directives turn women into brain-dead, passive doormats who mindlessly acquiesce to the whims of thoughtless or controlling men. But nothing could be further from the truth.

Yes, God created women to be soft responders, but He also expects us to make wise choices. God doesn’t want us to be wilting, weak-willed, wimpy women. He doesn’t violate our personalities. And He doesn’t want us to be responsive to the wrong things!

That was Eve’s downfall. Instead of seeking the advice of her husband and being steadfast in faithfully responding to the Lord, she was responsive to the serpent. As a result of being receptive to an influence that ran counter to God’s ways, she was deceived and gave in to Satan’s temptation.

The Lord created women to have responsive spirits. Responding is in our nature. We will either respond to truth or be swayed by lies. If we don’t establish the practice of receiving and responding to God’s Word, we’ll be more vulnerable to be responsive to the wrong kinds of things.


True Woman 101: Divine Design, An Eight-Week Study on Biblical Womanhood ©2012 Mary A. Kassian and Nancy Leigh DeMoss

Scripture taken from The CSB

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How can women remain “soft” but avoid becoming passive, weak-willed doormats?