when i began to study about her and how she lives. I was again overwhelmed by the lies society has filled our heads with.
i read proverbs 31 and begin to cringe. wondering if i could ever be as good as her. Could i really treat my home like she does.
let’s dig into scripture together and see how God wants us to take care of our home.
I may refer to her children or husband but know that she is not only married with children, she is a single mom, she is divorced, she is dating, she is widowed, she is single.
“By wisdom a house is built, & through understanding it is established.” Proverbs 24:3
“The wise woman builds her house,
but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down.” Proverbs 14:1
God tells us we are to take care of our homes. this means we see that everything is working smoothly, not perfect but the best of its ability. He calls us to make purchases wisely, not to be wasteful with our money. we are to be prepared for each day, we may not have to get up so early due to modern conveniences.
Titus 2:3-5 (ESV)
Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled.
right there in God’s word
it says what i needed to hear. i says it is something we are taught, we are not born with this behavior, it says we are to be taught by wise women. make no excuse, if a wise woman does not seek you out, find her, ask her for guidance. it also says we are to be working at home. not sitting watching tv and eating bon-bons all day. for the record i do not even know what a bon-bon is. we are not be lazy. let’s look at this verse in a few other translations
Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. Then they can urge the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God. (NIV)
In the same way, teach older women to be holy in their behavior, not speaking against others or enslaved to too much wine, but teaching what is good. Then they can teach the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be wise and pure, to be good workers at home, to be kind, and to yield to their husbands. Then no one will be able to criticize the teaching God gave us. (NCV)
Similarly, teach the older women to live in a way that honors God. They must not slander others or be heavy drinkers. Instead, they should teach others what is good. These older women must train the younger women to love their husbands and their children, to live wisely and be pure, to work in their homes, to do good, and to be submissive to their husbands. Then they will not bring shame on the word of God.
And here’s what I want you to teach the older women: Be respectful. Steer clear of gossip or drinking too much so that you can teach what is good to young women. Be a positive example, showing them what it is to love their husbands and children, and teaching them to control themselves in every way and to be pure. Train them to manage the household, to be kind, and to be submissive to their husbands, all of which honor the word of God. (THE VOICE)
Your job is to speak out on the things that make for solid doctrine. Guide older men into lives of temperance, dignity, and wisdom, into healthy faith, love, and endurance. Guide older women into lives of reverence so they end up as neither gossips nor drunks, but models of goodness. By looking at them, the younger women will know how to love their husbands and children, be virtuous and pure, keep a good house, be good wives. We don’t want anyone looking down on God’s Message because of their behavior. Also, guide the young men to live disciplined lives (THE MESSAGE)
I feel we can sum up this section of proverbs by saying that she is woman who takes pride and responsibility in the running of her home in order to bring glory to God, her husband, and their lives.
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