On 9 August 2018, 14,500 women, supported by some men, gathered at Universal Churches nationally to celebrate National Women’s Day. Besides honouring and celebrating women, the purpose of the special service was to empower and equip women to embrace their value and learn how to make a positive difference in their homes, communities and workplaces through their behaviour and example.
The service was attended by founder of the Universal Church, Bishop Edir Macedo, who prayed that God would make a brave new nation through His people in South Africa, and his wife, Ester Bezerra, who taught women how to display wisdom and
discipline in their lives. She said: “God created heaven and earth with planning, purpose, wisdom and understanding. All that He created is beautiful, but the pinnacle of His creation is mankind – men and women whom He loves more than anything else.
His desire is for men and women to have His wisdom and understanding and to live their lives using intelligence, thought and reasoning.” She also said: “God is discipline, order, understanding, reasoning and love. He created us to display these characteristics in ourselves and our families. In order to know what God requires of us, we need to understand God’s wisdom. How do we do that?” The answer is found in Proverbs 1:7: The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
When we revere God and are in awe of Him, we choose to seek to please Him and follow His guidance. When women do this, there is unity, discipline and love in their homes.
Marcia Pires, founder of Women in Action, developed the message from Mrs Bezerra, outlining how women can apply understanding, discipline and fear of the Lord by making correct choices. She explained that women cannot live by their own understanding as this leads to destruction. People need to make choices in line with their decisions about how they wish to live their lives, and these choices need to be demonstrated in both word and action. She stressed that it is not wise to live according to our human nature, but to seek wisdom and understanding. She encouraged both men and women to look for godly partners, display discipline and allow God to direct all areas of their lives. She said: “Value yourself and do not succumb to peer pressure to fit in. Do not allow anyone to abuse your body. Value it and protect yourself from people who want to use you and then discard you. Put God first, display the fear of the Lord, and you will receive wisdom and understanding.”