Virtue, Faithfulness and Goodness...

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Yesterday we discussed how the many characteristics of the Proverbs 31 Woman can be compared to as pearls on the strand of our life. Today we are focusing on the pearls of Virtue, Faithfulness and Goodness found in verses 10, 11 and 12.

“Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies.”

Virtuous…strength, efficiency, ability. Virtue refers to our moral strength and our strength of character. We fear God; we love the truth and hate sin. We seek God’s will for our lives and follow His way. We are strong women…made strong by our devotion to God. There are two choices for us to make as wives…either contribute to the good of our husbands or tear him down.

A virtuous woman is hard to find. Her “price is far above rubies.” Precious stones are costly because they are so rare. They are hard to find and, therefore, are worth so much. Did you know that God made the most common, everyday stones unattractive, but He made the rare stones beautiful? Just as rare stones are hard to find, so is a godly woman.

“The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.”

Faithfulness…are we trustworthy? Can our husbands trust us to take care of things while he’s at work? This can’t be said of most husbands today. Having the trust of our husband is the first step in building a strong God-honoring marriage. Our husband’s care is our concern, his comfort is our passion and his burdens are ours to relieve.

“She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.”

Goodness…kindness, generosity. We should only want God’s best for our husbands. Our lives should be a blessing to him. Do we speak kindly to him? We should never speak evil of him so that our children learn to distrust or disrespect him because of what we say. Do we silently mock him or complain about him to our friends?

I personally made verse 12 my prayer about five years ago…and what a change it has made in my marriage! Tomorrow’s pearls…WILLING WORKER, GOOD MANAGER AND INDUSTRIOUS.


  1. This is a great series, Lois. I loved the part when you said "Our husband’s care is our concern, his comfort is our passion and his burdens are ours to relieve." What a mission we have! Great post!

  2. We sll need to hsve virtue, faithfulnes and goodness to make our lives happy. I was out your way a couple weeks ago. I have an Aunt that is in Fulton County, PA. and another that lives in MONTGOMERY COUNTY, PA. I went to stay with them. My Aunt that live in Fulton Co was put on Hospice and I went to help with her and give the family a break. I love it in Pa. Thanks for stopping by my blog snd leaving a comment. Deanie

  3. It's so neat to have a refresher in all of this teaching. We never "arrive"...we are always a work in progress, and there will always be room for improvement. Thanks for filling our sails, Lois, so we can continue on this great journey the Master blesssed us with!!

  4. I love this Lois. It's good Truth and it is totally counter-cultural. For many years I despised the P-31 woman because her attributes seemed lofty and unattainable. The truth is, as God helps me become more selfless, her ambitions and accomplishments seem less intimidating. It's all about dying to my flesh and becoming more like Christ...then everyone is blessed.

    Blessings to you today!

  5. Just wanted to let you know that I am really enjoying your posts. I am trying to be conscious of not complaining to others about my husband, who is the cornerstone of our small family. These things all add up if we are to be the kind of wife a good husband deserves. Thank you for the thoughts and the inspired postings.

    Blessings from Northern Ireland.


  6. I am catching up because my computer has been down. I think God slowed my computer on purpose. He wanted me to soak all of this in. Wow! Our husbands care is our concern. I am so thankful for you and all of the time you are putting into this for all of us.