Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised. Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.
I love this chapter of Proverbs 31 for many reasons, but perhaps my favorite verse lies at the very end: "Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised." This chapter, is written to reflect the words of wisdom spoken by the mother of King Lemuel, gives us a wonderful blueprint for living a productive life as a busy woman in today’s world. But more than anything, I believe King Lemuel’s mother spoke this particular verse because she wanted him to recognise the value of character in the woman he should someday choose for a wife – a woman who fears the Lord.
The Proverbs 31 woman accomplished many things in her life, but she also made choices that portrayed a character shaped by having a relationship with God. We as mothers and mothers to be are given the same task – to instruct our children not only on how to be productive individuals, but to point them to Jesus so He can shape their character to model His own heart. God also promises that the one who does this receives a reward. We don’t know what that reward is specifically, but we know there is one; and that praise is a part of it.
2 Timothy 3:14-15---"But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from who m you learned it, and how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus."
He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it.--Titus 1:9
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