Friday, July 21, 2017

A Good Woman 2

A quick recap: women who want to be high value, need to make themselves high value.  Proverbs 31 provides a blueprint. 

Today's lesson:
A good woman is caring and nurturing.

She rewards him with good, not evil, all the days of her life. She selects wool and flax and works with willing hands. She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from far away. She rises while it is still night and provides food for her household and portions for her female servants. She evaluates a field and buys it; she plants a vineyard with her earnings.  She draws on her strength and reveals that her arms are strong. She sees that her profits are good, and her lamp never goes out at night. She extends her hands to the spinning staff, and her hands hold the spindle. Her hands reach out to the poor, and she extends her hands to the needy. She is not afraid for her household when it snows, for all in her household are doubly clothed. She makes her own bed coverings; her clothing is fine linen and purple. Her husband is known at the city gates, where he sits among the elders of the land. She makes and sells linen garments; she delivers belts to the merchants. Strength and honor are her clothing, and she can laugh at the time to come. She opens her mouth with wisdom and loving instruction is on her tongue. She watches over the activities of her household and is never idle. Her sons rise up and call her blessed. Her husband also praises her: “Many women are capable, but you surpass them all! ” Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting, but a woman who fears the Lord will be praised. Give her the reward of her labor, and let her works praise her at the city gates.
Proverbs 31:12‭-‬31

Key elements of caring & nurturing above in bold.  All of these elements indicate a caring and nurturing endeavor.

There is no irony that the verses above direct a woman to be caring and nurturing, in order of importance, to:
1. Her husband.
2. Her household.
3. The poor and needy.
4. And finally, those around her.

A neat thing about the Bible is that not only are its directives true and productive, but if you turn things the exact opposite way, it is also true.

For example, the opposite of caring is cruel. And the opposite of nurturing is to hinder. Nobody would argue that a cruel woman is a high-value woman. No one would suggest that a woman who tries to hinder others, is a benefit to society.

Therefore, a good woman should be caring and nurturing. If you are cruel and hindering, you cannot be a good woman. Think about that the next time some liberal takes pride in being a "nasty woman."

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