I count it a great privilege to share the Word of God with you, which will turn your life into a wonder. I hope you enjoyed last month’s teaching? Today is another great time. This month, we shall be looking at more qualities of a Virtuous woman. Today, I will give you another fantastic quality of a virtuous woman – A Woman that fears the Lord.
What makes a virtuous woman complete? Her crown is that she “fears the Lord”. The Word of God says: Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised. Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates (Proverbs 31:30, 31). Proverbs 1:7 says: The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction. Psalms 19:9: The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. Proverbs 10.27 says: The fear of the Lord prolongeth days.
In order to study “a woman that feareth the Lord”, we must first understand what it means to fear God. What is “the fear of God”? Charles Bridges gives us this definition: “It is that affectionate reverence by which the child of God bends himself humbly and carefully to his Father’s law. His wrath is so bitter, and His love so sweet. That, hence, springs an earnest desire to please Him.” Webster’s dictionary defines fear as: A holy awe or reverence of God and His laws, which springs from a just view and real love of the divine character, leading the subjects of it to hate and shun every thing that can offend such a holy being, and inclining them to aim at perfect obedience.
I want to ask you this question: As a woman, do you really fear the Lord? If you fear the Lord, it will show in your action, words and deeds. It will show in the way you worship God, the way you relate with your husband, children and every member of your family. Can your husband really say: “Oh! my wife, really fears God”. If you are a woman that fears the Lord, it will reflect in the way you train your children.
One of the qualities of a virtuous woman described in Proverbs 31, is the ability to train her children aright. God expects that every remembrance of you by your children should be for good. They should someday rise up, and without being compelled to, call you blessed. The Word of God says: Her children arise up and call her blessed: her husband also, and he praiseth her (Proverbs 31:28).
A virtuous woman will always know that her children have been given to her as a gift from God (Psalms 127:3). God has entrusted the lives of the children into your hands, giving you the privilege to steer them towards their destinies in life. In essence, you have the privilege to be a caretaker to your children. The Word of God says: Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it (Proverbs 22:6).
From the above scripture, it is observed that every child has the way he should go, and it is the responsibility of the parents to put him on the right track. As a woman, you are closer to your children than anyone else. It is, therefore, necessary for you as a woman to observe your children to know what they do best, where their strengths lie, what their weaknesses are and help them discover the right vocation to pursue.
In case you are not born again, you don’t really know what it means to fear God. I want you to know that when you fear God, circumstances and problems will fear you. To have the fear of God in you begins with you confessing your sins to God and repenting over them to surrender your life to Christ so that situations and circumstances will fear you. Do you want to do that? Why not say this prayer: “Dear Lord Jesus, I come to You today as a sinner. Forgive me of my sins. I believe You died and rose on the third day for my sins. I accept You as my Lord and Saviour. Make me a child of God today. Thank You for accepting me into Your Kingdom.”
Congratulations, you are now born again! I believe that you will begin to experience the reality of the price that Jesus paid for your sins at Calvary. All-round rest and peace are guaranteed you in Jesus’ Name! Call or write, and share your testimonies with me through firstname.lastname@example.org; OR 07026385437 and 08141320204.
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