“‘O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones God’s messengers! How often I have wanted to gather your children together as a hen protects her chicks beneath her wings, but you wouldn’t let me’” (Luke 13:34, NLT).

Men laugh and maybe cringe a little when told to get in touch with their feminine side, while women shake their heads and wish they would. We have a lot of differences and that’s good, but we also have something quite amazing in common—we are made in the image of God and he is the one who gave us our masculine and feminine characteristics. The line between the two isn’t as sharply drawn as we like to think (or pretend).

When Jesus expressed his desire to gather the children of Jerusalem and protect them as a mother hen, his nurturing side came out. Since he was God and human at the same time, it wasn’t just a side, it was his nature. God is “made up” of everything good we see in us, but to a much greater degree of course. When we positively express  masculinity or femininity, we are letting the God side come out, which is something we should do every day.

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