4.09.2013

Who can find a Virtuous woman
for her price is far above rubies...
When i first got married, i wanted to be the best wife i can be
I wanted my husband to be anxious to get home to see me
I wanted him to think of me when he woke in the morning and his last thought at night...
I wanted us to be always like newlyweds
I never wanted us to argue or fight
but that isnt how marriages work
you dont see eye to eye on everything 
but i wanted to be a virtuous woman! 
A Virtuous Woman 
The Bible speaks of the “virtuous woman”. Who is she? How does God in His Word describe her? Does she pray faithfully each day? Is she used in the gifts of the Holy Spirit? Does she consistently do daily Bible study and have regulardevotional times? The answer? — None of these traits is listed in God’s most extensive Scriptural description of virtuous women.

Now please understand me, there is no doubt that the excellent attributes listed above are valuable aspects of the lives of every Christian woman (and man). However, God devotes almost an entire chapter of the Bible (Proverbs 31) to His description of the “virtuous woman”. And the favorable traits that God lists are, surprisingly to some readers, of a substantially different nature. Please go with me to the Bible’s grand description of the godly woman in the eyes of God— 
• Her worth has consistently proven to be “far above rubies”. I would describe my wife as “priceless!” I consider her to be a woman of God after God's own heart. I would readily suggest her as an illustration of the admirable traits that God lists in the following verses.
Vs. 11 Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value.
•• A virtuous woman inspires absolute confidence in her husband. He can safely trust in her” (KJV). She is not impetuous, scatterbrained, or unpredictable. Rather, she can be trusted. Her husband can be confident in her. She will never deliberately let him down.
•• The husband of a biblical, virtuous woman “lacks nothing of value”. That is illustrated by some of her remarkable traits in the succeeding verses.
Vs. 12 She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life.
•• The Proverbs 31 woman “brings him good” — that is, her husband. She is not a “liberated” woman as defined by modern feminists. She is God-fearing (vs. 31), a woman of God, and also very muchhusband- and family-oriented. And these are seen throughout this chapter as positive traits.
• Proverbs 12:4 A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband.
•• She brings him good. There does seem to be biblical wisdom in the modern-day axiom that “behind every good man stands a good woman. She is an asset to her husband. She will never intentionally bring harm his way.
Vs. 13 She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands.
•• This godly woman is skilled and capable in working with fabric. The modern counterpart would be skill in things like quilting andsewing.
•• And notice that “she works. There is no hint of laziness in this woman who is praised by God.
•• And she “worketh willingly with her hands” (KJV). She is “willing to get her hands dirty”, as the old saying goes. She is no diva, no prima donna! A woman of God is not “above” manual work.


to be continued

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