Relationships based on the fear of the Lord bring safety and security. Men who fear God will honor, cherish and understand their wives. Women who fear God will be able to recognize men who do not fear the Lord. This awareness offers women protection from relationships that may lead to exploitation, insecurity and abuse. Your daughters must know this. Weak men find their security in having women fear them. This is indeed ironic. These men put themselves in the place of God. They demand to be held in awe and reverence.
Exploitive, abusive men will often at first appear to be caring, even to a fault. But their motives are far from pure. As the relationship progresses the caring becomes controlling. The progression continues until a horrific mixture of abuse and placation becomes the norm. Finally, the men in question can only be satisfied by indulging themselves in abusive behavior.
Thus, the ugly relational climate of abuse is established and is passed on from one generation to the next. This is what happens when the fear of God is replaced by the fear of people.
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