Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Marriage: From God's View, Part 4: A Virtuous Wife

God expends much of the Bible, and especially Proverbs describing a godly wife.  I am going to focus on just a few verses from Proverbs that speak to me.

"A wife of noble character who can find?  She is worth far more than rubies.
Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value.
She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life." Proverbs 31: 10-12

How beautiful is that?!  A noble wife is worth more than rubies!  What does it mean to have noble character?  She should be of high moral character.  To me, that means 1) she acts like a lady, 2) she has eyes only for him 3) she obeys God's and man's laws to the best of her ability, and 4)she has a heart for others.  Is she perfect?  No, but she should bring no shame to her husband. 

He is to have "full confidence in her."  In other words, he knows he can count on her.  She is his rock (as he is hers), his confidante; she completes him.  She is to be the "one" person he goes to for encouragement, for baring his soul with no qualms about doing so; he is "safe" with her.  She seeks only to do him good. 

In Proverbs 12:4, God says "A wife of noble character is her husband's crown, but a disgraceful wife is like decay in his bones."  She is his crown; let that metaphor sink in.  She makes him a king, makes him feel like a king because he is her earthly king. (not to be confused with idolatry, but he is "her man").

The flip side to that is "a disgraceful wife is like decay in his bones."  That kind of wife tears him up, destroys him. What woman wouldn't want to be of "noble character"?

Next:  Sex as God created