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John Calvin puts forward a very simple reason why love is the greatest gift: “Because faith and hope are our own: love is diffused among others.” In other words, faith and hope benefit the possessor, but love always benefits another. In John 13:34–35 Jesus says, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” Love always requires an “other” as an object; love cannot remain within itself, and that is part of what makes love the greatest gift.
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1 Peter 3:7

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BDAG (3rd Edition): of physical weakness (asthenēs, page 142).



Remember though that apart from the Lord Jesus Samson was probably the strongest man that every lived and yet we read in Judges 16:16 concerning Delilah:

She nagged him with her words day after day and begged him until he became worn out to the point of death. (Common English Bible)


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I'm never offended when Peter describes me as the 'weaker vessel' probably in the physical sense. But there are many examples of women in the Bible that are the epitome of godly strength in character and godly disposition. While God commands men to dwell with us with understanding and love as we, women, help them-- support them be the men they ought to be in responsibility and role.


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When Eve was deceived, we were cursed and it is written "Men shall rule over women." Notice it does not say "should" but rather "shall."


Also, prophetesses have existed; or rather, a woman who has more divine authority than that of preacher which women are forbidden of becoming. These are extremely rare though, because women need overcome both lust (What men must overcome) and motherly empathy instincts that steer them from harsh, unrelenting instructions from the Lord who demands either/or obedience.

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