Her children rise up and bless her; Her husband also, and he praises her, saying:Proverbs 31:28(NASB)
There are many qualities that characterise a virtuous woman or a godly man. David, the shepherd king of Israel, was described as a mighty and virtuous man, a man of battle, intelligent in word – and Jehovah was with him.
Ruth, the grandmother of David, was known as a virtuous woman in Bethlehem, and the good seed in the parable of the sower, is identified as one who, having heard the Word of God, holds fast to it in a just, noble, and virtuous manner, having a worthy heart that brings forth much fruit to the glory of God.
Perhaps the best known passage that outlines the exemplary life in virtuous living, is the woman described in Proverbs 31, where a vast array of noble, godly, gracious, and wise attributes are listed.
She is a woman of faith, who serves God with her whole heart, mind, soul, and strength. She is loved, respected, and trusted by her husband. She nurtures her children with godly wisdom and teaches them the things of the Lord – training them from infancy, in the way that they should go.
She cares for the health and safety of her family, serving them and others with a gentle and loving spirit. She is wise in her finances and spends her money thriftily. She works diligently to carry out the duties of wife, mother, friend, and good neighbour.
The most precious attribute of a virtuous woman, must be when her sons rise up and call her blessed. Her husband also praises her. When a woman's own children recognise their mother's outstanding virtue and tell her so, or when a husband praises his wife and rejoices that she is his God-given help-meet, there is much joy that ensues.
When a man or woman of God dies to self, lives for Christ, and conducts their public and private life with a gentle and caring spirit, they not only command the love and respect of their children and spouse and the admiration of their friends and neighbours, but also bring glory to their Father in heaven.
May we seek to engage in the godly virtues that are laid out for our learning in Scripture, for the benefit of all and for the glory of God.
Heavenly Father, thank You that You have given us the tools to live a virtuous Christian life that honours Your name. May I seek to apply all that Scripture teaches on godly living so that I not only care for those closest to me and bless my fellow man, but also that Your name may be glorified through the life I live. In Jesus' name I pray, AMEN.
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