Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value.
She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life.
so the absolute first attribute we see of this woman is that her husband has full trust in her. he can trust her with his money, his children and basically with his life. being trustworthy is such a blessing to your husband. how do we become more trustworthy? by mirroring God.
she brings him good, not harm, ALL the days of her life. 50% of all marriages end in divorce. but for the Proverbs 31 woman, she is in it for the long haul. for better, for worse...for richer, for poorer...in sickness and in health...all the days of her life. she remains faithfully at his side. and he has confidence that she will always be there.
even if we have an unsaved or difficult husband, we are still to remain faithfully by his side. if we mirror God then he will see Christ through us. all we can do is follow Gods word and let the rest up to Him.
Wives, in the same way submit yourselves to your own husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives,
1 Peter 3:1
we are to partner with our husband, be reliable, look out for him and give him security. those things will mean much more to him than money. respect him and be his helpmeet. help his heart be at rest. she selflessly gives him more than she takes.
the Proverbs 31 wife isn't vindictive or selfish. she only wants the well-being and comfort of her husband. she strives oh-so-hard to make her home a haven of joy and happiness for her husband to return home to at the end of the day. there is a quote by martin luther that i love...let the wife make the husband glad to come home, and let him make her sorry to see him leave. that quote is a perfect example of a Proverbs 31 wife.
she doesn't love her husband with conditions and she doesn't hold grudges. God wants our love to be sweet, soft-hearted and lovely. and He wants it overflowing with forgiveness. by offering forgiveness, we are offering the grace that God has given us. the Proverbs 31 wife doesn't cling to prior offenses, tucking them in her pocket to use later. she wipes the slate clean as soon as the offense happens. she knows that will not only set her husband free, but her as well.
Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
don't forget to stop back next friday as we take a look at more virtues of the Proverbs 31 woman. remember, keep your eyes on Him throughout the week and love God greatly!
out for now