As women, we have a reputation for being catty – you know, malicious, gossipy, and petty toward other women. And, if we’re honest, we’ll admit that (sometimes) our reputation isn’t far-fetched. We’ve all heard women (and maybe even ourselves) say, “I just don’t like her.” It happens on our jobs, it happens at church, and it happens among supposed friends. Worst of all, it happens because of our insecurities and feelings of inadequacy. But John 10:10 warns, “The [devil’s] purpose is to steal, kill, and destroy” (Living Bible). He enters our lives (and our relationships with other women) to steal friendships, kill trust, and destroy opportunities for growth.
Instead of tearing each other down, God wants us to build each other up. Rather than being threatened by another woman’s strength, let’s learn from each other’s accomplishments. Romans 12:9-10 states, “Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other” (New Living Translation).