Love and faithfulness meet together; righteousness and peace kiss each other.
Even if you aren’t a woman, the qualities of a Proverbs 31 woman should be within you and should be something you seek to find in others, especially the woman you want to be your wife.
There are 21 verses that describe the type of woman, the type of person who is selfless, hardworking, determined, never complaining or making excuses for failure, never lazy, takes care of house, home, and family, and walks upright. This person is creative, an entrepreneur, makes a way out of no way, and sees beyond the trees while others are stuck focusing on the entrance to the forest.
Who is virtuous?
Can you have love without faithfulness, or faithfulness without love?
Are we hung up on words and not their meanings and sentiments?
“I love you” is tossed around so casually like a pair of shoes, but what does love truly mean to you? What does faithfulness truly mean to you? What does loyalty, virtue, and grace truly mean to you? People fall in and out of love like a yo-yo diet. One day they love you, the next day they are cheating on you, the next day they are bad-mouthing you, and then the next day they are saying, “let’s try and make this work” and I ask, who said this is love?
To protect someone means to make sure no harm comes to them, by you or others…but how can you protect someone when you’re busy watching your own back? How can you protect someone when you are more concerned with covering your tracks? How can you love and protect someone when you are only concerned with yourself and what you’re getting out of a situation?
We can quote phrases, scripture, passages, and verses about amazing and awesome people from the Bible, but if we aren’t living by example and emulating these great leaders, then what’s the purpose of talking about them? Your name and story will never be a part of the great Book, but your life and how you live it may be the only Bible and representation of Christ that some may see. Are we being the best example of Christians, of God’s children, that we can be?
Every day let’s strive to and do our part to be better and do better. I strive to be that virtuous woman every single day. I know she’s me!
Father I pray for peace within. I pray for clarity and vision. I pray that the love I have and want is met with and joined in an everlasting embrace with faithfulness. I pray to always know, remember, express, and stand firmly in who I am as Your child. Let my words and actions always be clear, intentional, and never to cause harm.
Let me always turn to Jesus’s example of how to walk in Christ; let me always have the courage to enter battle like Joshua and Caleb; let me be loyal like Ruth to Naomi; let me be as nurturing as the women who cared for and protected baby Moses; let me have discernment and the conviction and fortitude of Deborah, and let me live and always see the importance of being a Proverbs 31 virtuous woman. In Your Son’s name I humbly pray. Amen.
PLEASE NOTE: THIS MESSAGE WAS ORIGINALLY WRITTEN AND PUBLISHED ON OCTOBER 25, 2011. IT HAS BEEN MODIFIED (MODERATELY OR SIGNIFICANTLY) TO ALIGN WITH CURRENT STANDARDS AND FORMATTING; SECTIONS HAVE BEEN EDITED AND CONTENT EXPANDED TO REFLECT MY CURRENT THOUGHTS.
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