How do you even begin to tackle the Proverbs 31 passage?
This woman has so many qualities that it is rather intimidating as written. While trying to wrap my head around this woman of noble or virtuous character, I tried to dissect what virtues she possessed – a list of Proverbs 31 virtues. After, I sorted them in an order that I wanted to work on. This order can be adapted and changed for your needs, too.
The list of Proverbs 31 virtues I made are:
- Faith (Proverbs 31: 26, 29, 30, 31): As I tell my family, God is my number one. Loving our God with our whole heart is the greatest commandment we are given so it should be number one on our list. Naturally, the wife of noble character reverently and worshipfully fears the Lord and she is praised (Proverbs 31:30).
- Wife (Proverbs 31: 11, 12, 23, 28): My husband is my number two. My husband needs me in his daily walk. Together, we are one and stronger. I want him to be able to confidently trust in me and rely on me and to believe in me fully. I want him to feel no lack of gain or the need for any dishonest spoil (Proverbs 31:11). My goal is to comfort, encourage, and to do good by him for the rest of my life (Proverbs 31:12)
- Mother (Proverbs 31: 26, 28): My children are my number three. I pray that I will be able to provide them with the Godly wisdom they will desire; I pray that they will know our Savior by my words and actions (Proverbs 31: 26)
- Health and well being (Proverbs 31: 14, 15, 17): In order to serve God, my family, and others – and for my family to do the same – we need to take care of our health and our bodies. The wife of noble character provides meals for herself and family and ensures her body is ready to serve.
- Serving others (Proverbs 31: 12, 15, 20): Loving our neighbours as ourselves (Matthew 22:39) is the second greatest commandment we are given. The wife of noble characters serves her husband, children, neighbours, and community.
- Willingly works (Proverbs 31: 13, 16, 19, 22, 24, 31): The woman described in this passage willingly works. She prepares textiles to work, plants, sews, etc. She is not afraid to work to help supply her family with what they need.
- Homemaking (Proverbs 31: 15, 16, 20, 21, 22, 25, 27): The woman in this passage ensures that her family is well looked after and that they are prepared for whatever comes their way. She looks after the tasks required by the household or delegates them for completion. She sets a nurturing and loving atmosphere for her family and all who enter the home.
- Finances (Proverbs 31: 14, 16, 18, 24): The woman describes in this passage is industrious and earns an income how she can. She is also considerate of how she spends the money of the household; she buys quality goods and she considers her prospects before purchase.
- Time (Proverbs 31: 15, 16, 18, 27): The bread of idleness she will not eat (Proverbs 31:27). As a woman of noble character, we are called to work diligently and to use our time wisely. She works for the good of her family, her friends, her community, and most importantly, for God; she does not dwell on things that are unimportant and displeasing.
- Worth and beauty (Proverbs 31: 10, 21, 22, 24, 25, 30): Strength and dignity are her clothing and her position is strong and secure; she rejoices over the future (Proverbs 31:25). The woman of noble character is far more precious than jewels because she clothes herself in strength and dignity; she concerns herself with virtue. Her internal beauty is beyond compare.
These are the virtues I am striving for.
These Proverbs 31 virtues have changed my life and my course of thinking. I find my purpose is clearer and that I have Godly things to strive for. Maybe these virtues are just what you’re looking for too!
I am excited to start diving into exploring these different virtues with you now! You will have to excuse me as I jump between the various virtues in efforts to fulfill the different aspects from here forth.
Note: These virtues have been greatly influenced by the time I have spent in study of this passage. They have been influenced by many sources over the years. This is just the list that I keep for myself and it has morphed and evolved over time.
Are you inspired by these powerful Proverbs 31 virtues?
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Feel free to comment below if you have any other virtues to add to the list, how you work towards these virtues, how I can pray for you, or any other comments.