A VIRTUOUS WOMAN (2)
It is so wonderful to be in the presence of God with you today! There is no doubt that you caught some secrets last week about the virtuous woman? I pray that the Lord will also help us today to get what He has in store for us. I explained to you who a virtuous woman is, and two of her qualities. Today, I shall focus on two other wonderful qualities that she possesses.
- She is trustworthy
One of the qualities of a virtuous woman is trust. A man is indeed blessed if he can trust his wife to be honest and discreet. Honesty with one’s self, with God, and with all those whose lives she touches is essential and basic to trustworthiness. The Word of God says: The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil (Proverbs 31:11). I want you to know that trust is not a gift, but a virtue that must be built up through experience and over a period of time. Trust is something that must be built and maintained in the home. As a woman, can you really be trusted by your husband? You need to show your husband that you are trustworthy and he can put his confidence on you.
In a practical sense, trust means that you believe that someone can be honest with, faithful to you, and not abandon you. Life is all about trust. As a woman, if your husband can trust you to some extent, in the area of handling finances, taking care of the children and even his own life; you have won his heart of love. There is no good marriage that can survive without trust. As a virtuous woman, your husband must be able to trust you with his past, present and future. Your husband should be able to have confidence in you as his wife that you can really take care of certain issues that affect the family. Today, there are some women that their husbands cannot trust with money. They cannot account for the feeding money given to them, not to talk of handing over an account of money to them. Some women are fond of using the money given to them for the up-keep of the house to buy new dresses for themselves. A virtuous woman that her husband trusts, can never do such things. She will even go to some extent and add her own money, if she finds out that the money given to her by her husband is not enough.
As a virtuous woman, you need to be truthful in all you say and do. Don’t be found to say one thing today and another tomorrow on the same issue. It doesn’t sound well. I want you to know that there is no substitute for truth! You must let your yea be found yea, and your nay be found nay. If you are a woman of double standards, it becomes difficult for your husband and others to trust you.
- She is a steward
According to the dictionary “a steward is a person who manages another’s property or financial affairs; one who administers anything as the agent of another” (Genesis15:2, 43:19). God owns everything and we are to manage it for Him. The Bible says: The earth is the Lord’s, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein (Proverbs 24:1). The responsibility of managing God’s resources is called stewardship.
Christian stewards must realise that they live, move, and have their being in Jesus Christ (I Corinthians 6:19-20). The whole of the Christian’s life- personality, time, talent, influence, material substance, everything- must be dedicated to Christ. He is our perfect example. Romans 14:12 says: So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God. Also, Philippians 2:5-9 says: Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name. Christ in His stewardship demonstrated His perfection by making Himself of no reputation and taking upon Himself the form of a servant. He humbled Himself. What an example Christ, the Son of God is to us in this way!
A virtuous woman is a steward that takes some time to check out her work and is careful to consider that her motivation is right, that she does her work all for the glory and honour of God and not out of selfishness. It is written: Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God (I Corinthians 10:31). She makes sure that she knows her operations, understands what is going on, and observes her merchandise. The Scripture says: She perceived that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night (Proverbs 31:18). She is not wasteful with the material possessions the Lord has given her. How you take care of the things God has given you indicates what kind of a steward you are. As children of God, we are His agents and part of our calling lies in the management of His property. As a woman, can you boldly say that you are a woman of stewardship? A virtuous woman runs her business on a balanced budget. She gets good things, yet she is careful not to buy something that would be a financial burden on the family. She has learned how to make things with little or no value into something useful and of value. As a woman who God has given 24 hours per day. How do you spend these hours? Do you live them victoriously, having sweet fellowship with the Lord, or do you let the devil squander them away? You alone are the steward of your time. Avoid time wasters!
Perhaps one of the hardest things to define is time. A well-known preacher once said, “The older I get, the more I realise that perhaps the greatest gift I could give you is time. Actually, the only gift I can give you is my time. If I give you money, I give you the time it took me to earn that money. If I give you a gift, I give you the time it took me to earn the money with which I bought the gift. Perhaps, then it is true that time is the only thing that I can really give to you. Colossians 4:5 says that we should redeem the time. Psalm 90:12 tells us to number our days and apply our hearts to wisdom; Ephesians 5:15-16 advises that we redeem the time because the days are evil and James 4:14 says that time is as a vapour. May the Lord give you understanding!
To be a virtuous woman you need God’s backing and this can only come by confessing your sins to God and surrendering your life to Him as your Lord and Saviour. For you to be a virtuous woman, you need the grace of God upon your life. I see God giving you that grace today in Jesus’ name! In case you are reading this article and you are not born again, there is a need for you to be born again. This is done by confessing your sins and accepting Jesus as your Lord and personal Saviour. If you are already born again, rejoice because your case is settled. If you are not yet born again and you desire to do so right now, please pray this prayer with faith in your heart: Dear Lord Jesus Christ, I come to You today. I am a sinner. Forgive me my sins and cleanse me with Your Blood. I accept You as my Lord and personal Saviour. Make me a child of God today. Thank You for delivering me from sin and satan to serve the living God and thank You for accepting me into Your Kingdom.
Congratulations! If you prayed this simple prayer of faith with me, you are born again and now a child of God. He loves you and will never leave you. Read your Bible daily, obey God’s Word and seek Christian fellowship (John 14:21). With this, you are guaranteed all-round rest and peace in Jesus’ name! Call or write to share your testimonies with me through firstname.lastname@example.org, 07026385437 OR 08141320204.For more insight, these books authored by me are available at the Dominion Bookstores in all Living Faith Churches and other leading Christian bookstores: Marriage Covenant, Making Marriage Work, Building a Successful Home and Success in Marriage (Co-Authored).
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