I am beginning a series on Proverbs 31 with much fear and trepidation. People with a stronger spiritual walk and a deeper knowledge of the Bible have preached sermons and written books on this famous passage. I will simply be communicating my thoughts and perspective on the attributes of the virtuous woman.
In addition, I have found that when I study and share truth from the Bible, I am immediately tested in that area. Therefore, this series is meant to be a challenge to myself as much as to anyone else. I also want to be reminded of the importance of imparting these principles to my daughters.
Some years ago I did a study of Proverbs 31:10-31 and came up with one word that described the main characteristic portrayed in each verse. Every Monday for the next several weeks, I’ll share the word I chose and encourage you to add your thoughts on that particular verse.
The passage begins in verse ten which says, “Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.”
A Virtuous Woman is Valuable.
Virtue is defined as “the quality of doing what is right and avoiding what is wrong.” I like that both the positive and negative aspects are included. If I am to be a virtuous woman, I must do those things that are right while avoiding attitudes and actions that are wrong.
From the verse, it appears that a woman who is full of virtue is difficult to find. That lets me know that being a virtuous woman is not easy. It requires a relationship with God that includes time in His Word and in prayer, asking for the Holy Spirit’s help in discerning right and wrong and for the power to make correct choices.
As I grow in virtue, I become valuable – to my Lord, in performing His will for my life; to my family, by being a wife and mother who embraces good and shuns evil; and to others by setting a Christ-like example for living.
What does it mean to you to be a virtuous woman? Is there someone you know who exemplifies the Proverbs 31 woman? I’d enjoy reading your thoughts on this verse.
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