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A Virtuous Woman vs. A Godless Woman

The virtuous woman of Proverbs 31 is the model set forth by King Solomon as a godly woman, one who pleases her husband, cares for her children and her neighbors. In contrast, the Apostle Paul speaks of the characteristics of the ungodly in Romans 1, those who do “not like to retain God in their knowledge” (vs.28), and live their lives accordingly. The differences between the two are striking.

A Virtuous Woman – Proverbs 31:10-31

Does good and not evil all the days of her life

Works willingly with her hands

Gathers food for her family

Rises early from sleep to care for her family

Buys property

Plants a garden

Strengthens herself

Works hard day and night

Helps the poor and needy

Provides warm clothing for her family

Faithful to her husband

Makes and delivers goods to the merchant

Maintains her honor

Speaks with wisdom

Shows kindness

Takes care of her household

Keeps busy

Reverences The LORD

 

An Ungodly Woman – Romans 1:18-32

Filled with unrighteousness                                                Hates God

Involved in sexual sin                                                             Despiteful

Wicked                                                                                          Proud

Desires what others have                                                     Boastful

Seeks to harm others                                                             Invents evil things

Full of envy                                                                                 Disobedient to parents

Full of murder                                                                           Without understanding

Contentious                                                                               Covenant breaker

Deceitful                                                                                      Without natural affection

Has bad character                                                                   Unreasonable

Secret slanderer                                                                       Unmerciful

Backbites                                                                                    Has pleasure in wickedness

 

“Who can find a Virtuous Woman?

for her price is Far Above Rubies.”

Proverbs 31:10

All Things Work Together

When the storms of life come it is comforting to know “all things,” no matter what, “work together for good” (Romans 8:28). It was the Apostle Paul who penned those words under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit; the Paul who had five times received forty stripes save one, was beaten with rods, stoned and left for dead, three times suffered shipwreck, being in the deep a night and a day. He found himself in many perils from robbers, his own countrymen, and false brethren. He experienced weariness, painfulness, hunger and thirst beyond measure (II Corinthians 11:24-27). And yet Paul was able to write with confidence, We know that all things work together for good.”

But all things do not work together for good for everyone. He continues, “All things work together for good to them that love God.” Not everyone loves God. Some only give Him a passing nod; some only seem to tolerate Him, while others completely try to ignore Him. This promise of all things working together, the good and the bad, only applies to those who love God. All others are exempt.

There is a reason “all things work together for good to them that love God;” they are being conformed to the image of His Son,” (v. 29). Those who simply ignore God or want Him totally out of their lives definitely do not want to be conformed into the image of His Son, Jesus. That is the furthest desire of their hearts and minds. They want to be conformed into their own image of themselves.

Those who truly love God have called upon the name of His Son, Jesus, to save them from their sins, repented of their sin and become a new creation in Christ. They no longer do the things they use to do, think the things they use to think. They surrender their total lives to the One Who created them, loves them and gave His life for them. Those are the ones who “know all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose… to be conformed to the image of His Son,  that He might be the Firstborn among many brethren.” Not all brethren; many brethren.