The Proverbs 31 Woman was a virtuous woman who’s faith was the foundation of her character. The 10 Virtues of the Proverbs 31 Woman demonstrate each area of a woman’s life and how we can apply Proverbs 31 to our lives today.
10 Virtues of the Proverbs 31 Woman: #1 Faith
“Many daughters have done well, But you excel them all.Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, But a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised. Give her of the fruit of her hands, And let her own works praise her in the gates.” Proverbs 31: 29-31
What does it mean to be a Proverbs 31 Woman?
Being a Proverbs 31 woman is not about be “perfect.” It’s about living life with purpose, diligence, forgiveness, and repentance.
Women can be really hard on themselves. We look at all of our failures and add them up and decided that really, deep down, we aren’t worthy of God’s love. But God is so much greater than our imperfections. He knows everything about you. And He loves you anyway.
So often, women read the passage of Proverbs 31 and decide that it’s a nice “idea” but an impossible reality. Or they feel pressured to be the “perfect” wife and mother. The perfect woman. The only perfect person is Jesus Christ and we are made perfect through Him. Where I am weak He is strong.
“And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9
I don’t have to be perfect to be loved. The only thing I have to do is give my life to Him. And when I do that, He will cover my weakness with His strength. My failures will become victories in Jesus.
The Bible tells us that a “woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised. Giver her of the fruit of her hands, and let her own works praise her in the gates.”
So, first and foremost, it’s her faith that sets her apart from other women. She fears the Lord, or in other words, has a reverence for God and a pliable spirit that yields to His commands. She respects His authority in her life.
When we give ours lives over to Christ, the natural outcome is that we are do His will. Our lives will begin to produce fruit – good fruit – because that’s what happens when we give Him control of our time and efforts.
“Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit.” Matthew 7:17
How? By seeking Him first on a daily basis through prayer and study.
Paul said, “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20
In order to grow our faith, we need to make time for God. We need to give him our first fruits. The only way to really get to know someone is to spend time with them. If we desire a relationship with Christ, we have to make Him a priority.
Making time for God is not always easy and Satan definitely wants to keep you so busy and distracted that you find is difficult to set aside time for prayer and study each day. I recommend that you try to wake up even 15 minutes or 30 minutes earlier in the morning for your devotions.
I also realize that waking up earlier is not an option for some of you, and if that is the case, decide when you can set aside the time – whether it be in the evening before you go to bed, during the baby’s nap time, or over breakfast.
What’s important is that you do it.
The Proverbs 31 Woman loves God with all of her heart, mind, and soul.
“Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.'” Matthew 22:37
Here are a few ways to nurture that relationship and have the faith of the Proverbs 31 Woman.
- Daily Prayer.
- Study the Bible.
- Keep His Commandments.
- Worship with other believers.
- Act out your faith.
- Share what God has done for you with others.
Have you ever felt like you could never measure up to the Proverbs 31 “standard”? Do you feel unworthy of God’s love?
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