Who is a widow?
A widow is a woman who has lost her husband to death. Unfortunately, this definition is all many people know of a widow. And to some people, she is a reproach not worthy to be associated with anymore. But she is more than that!
Who is a widow to you?
Imagine a widow you knew before she lost her husband. She was a sister, niece, daughter, cousin, mother, colleague, and neighbour to some person(s). But who is she to you now? Certainly, she didn’t change in complexion, height, in her career, or business. Outwardly, she didn’t change apart from the fact that her husband is no more.
So, in addition to the fact that her husband is no more, she is still a sister, niece, daughter, cousin, mother, colleague, and neighbour to some person(s). Therefore, she shouldn’t be stigmatized with the title widow, and your relationship with her shouldn’t go sour. Rather, you are to support her in her broken state.
The beloved of God
Furthermore, God is her husband. So, you must be careful how you treat her. This is because any oppression from you will attract the Lord’s wrath and vengeance. God is mindful of a widow and looks out for her welfare.
“Do not fear, for you will not be ashamed; neither be disgraced, for you will not be put to shame; for you will forget the shame of your youth, and will not remember the reproach of your widowhood anymore. For your Maker is your husband, The LORD of hosts is His name; and your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel; He is called the God of the whole earth.”
Isaiah 54:4-5 NKJV
Anyone that afflicts a widow is in danger of turning his wife into a widow also and his children fatherless. This is because God said He would kill the individual should the widow cry out to Him.
“You shall not afflict any widow or fatherless child. If you afflict them in any way, and they cry at all to Me, I will surely hear their cry; and My wrath will become hot, and I will kill you with the sword; your wives shall be widows, and your children fatherless.”
Exodus 22:22-24 NKJV
Widows are not to be treated badly. They are human beings like us with purpose in life but need support because of the loss of their husbands.
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