A Worthy Woman

      As a Christian woman, it is important to strive to be a worthy woman. For me, to be a Christian woman means to be everything a Christian should be, working to be all God wants me to be. The worthy woman in Proverbs 31 is a good example of how we should be as good Christian women.

A Helpmeet

      A worthy woman is one who is a helpmeet to her husband (Genesis 2:18, 20-23; Colossians 3:18; 1 Peter 3:1). She is his completion – his other half that makes him whole. She adds strength to her husband. She aids him in areas he is weak, encourages him and comforts him. A worthy woman is in subjection to her husband (Colossians 3:18, 1 Timothy 2:11-12; Ephesians 5:22). They work together for the bettering of the home.

She loves her children (Titus 2:4; Proverbs 15:1-4). She teaches her children in all things (2 Timothy 1:5; Proverbs 29:15,17; 16:32; 22:6, 15; 13:24; 23:13-14; Luke 2:52, Ephesians 6:1). She teaches them in the way of the Lord. She makes certain they are prepared for all things in the Lord and in the world.

Keeper of the Home

A worthy woman is a keeper at home, caring for her household (Titus 2:5, 1 Timothy 5:8; Proverbs 14:1, 18:9). She keeps the house in order. There is always something to eat and clothes to wear. The husband can help her with this as well. She is given to hospitality (Romans 12:13; Titus 1:8; 1 Timothy 3:2; 2 Corinthians 9:6-11; James 2:14-17; 1 John 3:17-18). Like Dorcas, she also works with her hands (Acts 9:36-43; Ephesians 4:28; 1 Thessalonians 4:11). When my children were small, I often made clothes for them, shorts, shirts, and dresses. I still make certain my children have clothing that is repaired and fitting. I love to have people over and enjoy cooking and having things on hand for guests.

    Godly Woman  

      A worthy woman is godly (1 Timothy 2:9-10). She is dressed modestly, not adorned in gold and jewels, or in indecent clothing showing more than should be seen. Can a woman be dressed to the “Nines”? Yes, of course, but not in a way that shames her or her family. (1 Timothy 2:9-10). She is faithful to God (1 Timothy 3:11). She cares for the things of the Lord, striving to do what she can to help share and spread the Gospel (1 Corinthians 7:34). She prays to the Lord in thanks, for guidance (Colossians 4:2; James 5:13-17) continually. A worthy woman strives not to do things God calls sin – such as gossiping (1 Timothy 3:11). She can be trusted.

     A worthy woman is a benefit to her community. She is a good example to many, such as Dorcas, Sarah, Eunice, and Lois (Acts 9:36-43; 17:11; Genesis 18:1-15; 2 Timothy 1:3-5; 3:14-15). She teaches others, like Priscilla in Acts 18:26 or the older women in Titus 2:3-4. She helps others in their need (Acts 9:35-43 – as an example). A worthy woman loves others, edifies and submits to them (Romans 12:10; 1 Corinthians 14:12; 2 Corinthians 6:11-13; Ephesians 5:21 – 6:9; 1 John 3:11, 13-18; 4:7-12, 19-21). She speaks and shows herself to be wise (2 Timothy 2:15). A worthy woman does God’s will in all things (1 Timothy 3:11; John 14:15).

       As we strive as women to become better Christians, we will become more and more like the worthy woman, and thus more Christ-like.

 

–December 2000

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