She's Not a Whore



Sometimes it praises our Lord and Father, and sometimes it curses those who have been made in the image of God.
- James 3:9

Whore, slut, easy, hoe and the list goes on complete with other extremely degrading names. This is a topic that has been bothering me for quite some time. The idea of a young woman being defined by her brokenness (because that is what acting out in a careless sexual manner is) hurts me and just can not sit right with me. The truth is if you even somewhat understand the love of God then these labels should not sit right with you either.

No one just does something to do it, everything we do comes out of a place in our lives. Whether our actions come from a whole place, a broken place, an abusive place, or sheltered place every action we make comes from some place that has a connection and root to our experiences/past. That girl that you may look at and say she's a "slut", ever thought maybe she was raped and she is acting out of her abuse? That girl that you laugh and joke with guys about because she's "easy" ever thought that maybe she doesn't have someone to love her at home so she'll take whatever she can get even if it's from a guy who will never talk to her again, in that moment it feels like the best thing for her to do. Am I condoning sexual sin? Not at all. Am I advocating & fighting for broken hearts? Absolutely.

That whore, that hoe, that slut and all the other terms our society comes up with guess what?!! She's made in the image of God. Whether you can see it, whether she sees it, she is an image bearer of God! She too was created in His likeness. He loves her madly, just like He loves you. He desires to be her everything and save her just like He is YOUR everything and He saved YOU. That girl is not a whore, she is a broken heart longing for the unconditional love of Christ that one has yet to show her (regardless if she knows it or not) . Will you introduce her to the one who will set her free? Remember beloved, you are only where you are because of the grace of God. You are no better than her. When Christ died on the cross and said you were worth it, He also said she was worth it as well.

What I love most about Jesus is how He was in the business of love, forgiveness, restoration and compassion. Jesus came across various women that were not exactly what we would call saints or good girls. They were actually the women our society would label a whore, hoe, or slut. How did Jesus respond? "Woman go and sin no more" & "Woman your sins are forgiven". Today we may be like okay so He said "woman" big deal ... YES BIG DEAL. During this day addressing a woman this way was a sign of respect. Jesus could have easily said, harlot sinner go and sin no more or harlot sinner your sins are forgiven but He chose to preserve their dignity and He treated them according to their identity not their actions. 

I challenge you to a change of perspective. Instead of looking at people & their actions alone try to see their hearts. Begin to remember everyone has a story & their actions come from a secret place in their life. Woman like this need our loves and grace not our judgement and labeling. Next time you are tempted to see a label remember their broken heart.

What's stopping you from sharing love & grace with the brokenhearted?
Who can you invest in today?