How TO BE A PERSON OF GREAT VALUE
By Gilbert Hughes, MINISTER of the word
Call in Christ Jesus, appointed by God, anointed as a teacher
Operated in the gift of PROPHECY, WISDOM, KNOWLEDGE & healing
Mission statement the lord as anointed ME TO build leaders, worshiper,
Greeting Brethrens, Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ
10 A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies.
11 Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value.
12 She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life.
13 She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands.
14 She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar.
15 She gets up while it is still dark; she provides food for her family and portions for her servant girls.
16 She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
17 She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks.
18 She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night.
19 In her hand she holds the distaff and grasps the spindle with her fingers.
20 She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy.
21 When it snows, she has no fear for her household; for all of them are clothed in scarlet.
22 She makes coverings for her bed; she is clothed in fine linen and purple.
23 Her husband is respected at the city gate, where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.
24 She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies the merchants with sashes.
25 She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.
26 She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
27 She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.
28 Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her:
29 "Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all."
30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.
31 Give her the reward she has earned, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.
This description of the virtuous woman is designed to show what wives the women should make and what wives the men should choose;
Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies.
[Who can find?]-- It is a rare treasure <Eccl. 7:28>.Which yet my soul seeketh, but I find not: one man among a thousand have I found; but a woman among all those have I not found.(KJV)
What Are Some Marks of Godly Character?
Proverbs 31 tells us about a mother who understood the value of godly character. King Lemuel's mother wanted her son to show excellent character, and she wanted him to find a wife with good character, too (vv. 1-9). To teach her son, she described a virtuous woman, someone who was an outstanding example of what God wants us to be like.
Here are a few things we can learn from her.
1) Make the Most of Each Day.
The woman of Proverbs 31 got up early each morning to make the most of each day (v.15). She knew that life is a gift from God, the Creator. She realized that she was a manager of all that He had given her - her body (v.17), her days, her loved ones, her possessions (vv. 11-27). Remember, your day is a gift from God
2) Be a Willing, Cheerful Worker.
Even though this woman had servants, she was not lazy. She looked to see what needed to be done and did it cheerfully (v.15). She knew that God designed work to bring people joy and satisfaction.
3) Serve Others.
This godly woman was unselfish: she spent much time on others. She did the family shopping with care (v.14); she oversaw the cooking (v.15). She made sure that her family dressed warmly and well (vv. 21, 22). By caring for them, she was showing God-like character.
4) Always Speak with Kindness.
The virtuous woman not only did kind things, she always spoke kindly as well (vv. 12, 26). True godly character means kindness in BOTH words and actions. Kind words will help you build warm family relationships and strong, friendships (James 3).
5) Earn the Trust of Others by Being Responsible.
The husband of the virtuous woman knew that he could trust her. She never wasted family goods and money; instead she worked to increase them (v.11). When you show responsibility by using resources wisely and working hard each day, others will trust you and you will earn greater freedom.
6) Discover Your God-given Abilities; Develop them, and Use Them Creatively.
The woman of Proverbs 31 understood what her talents were, and she developed them. She set up a home business. Starting with raw wool, she spun thread, wove it into cloth, and made beautiful clothes (vv. 13, 19, 22). She learned the art of buying and selling goods (v.24) and land (v.16). Next, she used the money she earned to start a farming project (v.16). God gives each of us special abilities. You reflect God's character when you use your talents to make something or do something creative. Find your talents and use them for God.
7) Give to Those in Need
Even though busy, the virtuous woman noticed people in need and reached out to help them (v.20). She knew that God blessed her so that she could share (Proverbs 11:24; 21:26; Matthew 6:1~33).
8) Include God in Every Part of Your Day.
This woman could work so hard and be so kind and unselfish day after day because she feared the Lord (v.30). To fear the Lord means to understand that God is with us all the time. It means to live each day, showing reverence to Him and relying on Him for help. When you fear the Lord, you will want to please Him. You will ask Him to forgive you when you do wrong (1 John 1:9) and to help you shine with His beautiful character (Matthew 5:16
Godly Character Brings Rewards
This woman's godly character made her a person of great value. Her family, friends, and community leaders (those "in the gates") noticed how she lived and spoke highly of her (vv. 28; 31). People loved and respected her because of who she was inside (v.30). Her family and God were honored because of the way she lived (v.23). The virtuous woman had a bright future. She could look forward with joy to each tomorrow-and to eternity (v.25), for she could face God with confidence.
Are You Becoming a Person of Great Value?
To live a godly life, you need to have Jesus, the Light of the World, living inside you
(John 1:12). If you haven't yet received Him, why not do it today.
If you know Jesus as your Savior, ask yourself; "Am I letting God shine through me?
THE MORE YOU REAFFIRM WHO YOU ARE IN CHRIST, the more your behavior will begin to reflect your true identity! Hopefully, with a better understanding of what God has given you in Christ and by the Holy Spirit, you will be better able to live for God, better able to pray to Him, love Him, trust Him, and better able to dwell in hope and joy.
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