Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Characteristics of the Proverbs 31 Woman

You can find many articles, posts, and books on the Proverbs 31 woman. The Proverbs 31 woman is one powerful woman! She is described as a virtuous woman. What exactly does virtuous mean? and what does it look like? The word virtuous means to have high moral standards. Synonyms of the word virtuous include righteous, good, pure, upright, moral and exemplary to name a few. 

What does it look like to be a virtuous woman? Are the standards to high to apply to modern times? I believe God's word stands the test of time, and there are ways we can apply the characteristics of being a modern Proverbs 31 woman today. Being a virtuous woman does not mean we are perfect, because as we all know we are sinful beings to the core. Jesus is the only one that can change our hearts and continue to lovingly forgive us. With Him, we can strive to meet the following 10 virtuous characteristics that we can find in Proverbs 31. 

"A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies (10).
Being noble is having or showing fine personal qualities or high moral principles. This is rare, especially in today's world and it is much more valuable that any diamond and ruby!

 "Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value"  (11).
The virtuous woman respects her husband and is his trustworthy helper. She is not less then he is, but she lets him lead the family as God has created him to do. As a result, her husband is full of confidence in her, she can be trusted with financial responsibility (applicable to today for sure!) and to create a loving environment and comfortable home .

Hard Worker
 "She selects  wool and flax, and works with eager hands" (13)
The virtuous woman does not wait around for something to get done, or wait for someone to ask her to do it. She has a willing spirit to work and a positive attitude.

"She gets up while it is still night; and provides food for
 her family and portions to her maidens" (15).
Caring for her family is more important to her than thinking of herself. Staying in bed would be much more appealing (I am definitely guilty of this, not the best morning person!). She desires to meet the needs of her family. She does whatever it takes to make sure her family is taken care of. This does not mean she cannot rest, rest is essential and rejuvenating. 

 "She considers a field and buys it out of her earnings she plants a vineyard" (16).
She understands business, money and labor and does not spend what God has provided loosely. She adds wealth to her home by being smart.
"She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks" (17).
She is not afraid of hard work and physical labor, she stays fit by working hard for her home.

"She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy" (20).
She reaches out to others not just with primary provisions, but with love, comfort, support and encouragement.
"When it snows, she has no fear for her household for all of them are clothed in scarlet" (21).

She anticipates the needs of her family, and works hard to make sure the family needs are met.

Respected & Honored
"Her children arise and call her blessed;her husband also, and he praises her" (28-29).
Her Children have been taught well and think wisely. They know they have a good mother. Her husband recognizes that she is of excellent and noble character, and admires her. 

"Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting but a woman who
 fears the Lord is to be praised" (30).
Her virtuous characteristics reflect her godliness. Her praise stems from her godliness. She does not use charm or flattery to manipulate. She fears and seeks the Lord.

If you read through Proverbs 31, you will find more characteristics. Every week we will discuss each characteristic  listed above and how we can apply it to today's modern life. Remember that all of these qualities and characteristics of a virtuous women we cannot achieve on our own, we can only achieve this with Jesus as our leader and guide. 

"The Fact that I am a Woman does not make me a different kind of Christian, but the fact that I am a Christian does make me a different kind of women"

- Elisabeth Elliot

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