by Roger Thomas

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The Man Who Understood A Woman (4 of 10)
Come As You Are
Roger Thomas
John 4:7-26
January 21, 2001

I knew I was in trouble when my secretary giggled when she saw my sermon title. I know what the guys are thinking, "Oh yeah,--if only." And the ladies, especially the married ones are thinking, "Oh, yeah, if that will be the day." Many on both sides of the gender divide are convinced that "the man who understood a woman" is an oxymoron. A contradiction in terms. As John Gray's best selling book declares: Men are from Mars and Women are From Venus.

I thought about telling the story about the guy who found genie in a bottle who promised to grant him anything he wanted. His first request was for a bridge to Hawaii. The genie balked at that reminding him how impossible it would be and how much concrete it would take. He was offered a second try. This time he decided to be more serious. Since he had been married and divorced a couple of times, he asked for the ability to understand women, what made them tick, what they really meant when they asked for something. The genie paused for a moment and then said, "Do you want that bridge four lanes or six." But I decided not!

I am making light of this, of course. But the real tension that can sometimes exist between men and women, even husbands and wives, is not a laughing matter. "Men are from Mars; Women are from Venus" makes a cute title, but it also clouds the reality of a lot of pain and hurt and even more a hunger to understand and be understood. Even in the church in our day, just beneath the surface, unspoken, but not unfelt, runs a current of concern and confusion about whether men and women really understand one another.

I am not going to solve that problem today. I will not even attempt to. Our text today reminds us that the one we serve and follow understands us and our mates far better than we even understand ourselves. Where Christ is Lord, there is hope for a better future— ...

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