Sunday, August 10, 2014

Proverbs 31:10-31 Study (Part 2)

Ah, Proverbs 31.

One of the most quoted verses among Christian women (well, at least on Pinterest and on blogs).
But what does it mean to be a Proverbs 31 women?

Join me as I study each verse to discover what it means, and what it takes to become a Proverbs 31 woman.
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Proverbs 31:11
  • "The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain." NRSV
  • "Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value." NIV
  • "The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil." KJV
  • "Her husband can trust her, and she will greatly enrich his life." NLT
  • "Her husband trusts her without reserve and never has a reason to regret it." MSG
A wife's husband should be able to trust her, with his heart, his full confidence, safely, and without reserve.
He should have no lack of gain, lacks nothing of value, no need of spoil, she greatly enriches his life and he never has a reason to regret it.
No lack of gain (and everything that follows) could mean a number of things, but I believe it has to do with material things, their children, and how she regards him. 
He can trust her to do whatever she wishes, knowing she will not bring shame upon him or squander their money, but rather build him up and prepare for their future.
  • "...He trusts her without reserve and never has a reason to regret it." MSG (paraphrased)
Wow. A wife should have the complete trust of her husband.
 I believe in trust comes through communication, and also by having your priorities right;
  1. God
  2. Husband
  3. Family 
  4. Friends 
God should come first in your life; before anyone and everyone. Followed by your husband.
We all love our friends and families, and even though I'm not married, I can imagine how hard it must be to shift your focus. But, when you marry, 'two become one'.
Mark 10:7-9
  • "This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one. Since they are no longer two but one, let no one split apart what God has joined together." NLT
  • "Because of this, a man leaves father and mother, and in marriage he becomes one flesh with a woman-no longer two individuals, but forming a new unity. Because God created this organic union of the two sexes, no one should desecrate his art by cutting them apart." MSG
In a covinent before God, you pledged your life to each other. Promising to build them up, and love them sacrificially. Constantly putting him down and nagging him will only harm your relationship and diminished the trust between you. But a virtuous wife can greatly enrich her husbands life through her actions.
1 Peter 3:1
  • "Wives, in the same way, accept the authority of your husbands, so that, even if some of them do not obey the word, they may be won over without a word by their wives' conduct." NRSV
  • Wives, obey your own husbands. Some of your husbands may not obey the Word of God. By obeying your husbands, they may become Christians by the life you live without you saying anything." NLV
But she must accept her husbands authority over her,

Ephesians 5:22-24
  • "Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. For the husband is head of the wife as Christ is head of the church, his body, of which he is the savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husband in everything." NIV
Please note, submission doesn't mean becoming a door mat. 
Ephesians 5:25  say, "Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her." NIV)
  
Submission (to me) doesn't mean that I will blindly agree with my future husband on everything. But instead, it means I will choose to show him honor and respect as head of our household. It doesn't mean I won't voice my opinion (trust me, I'll still do that), but (to me) it means I will trust him enough that he will have the final say....but I'm getting off track...
You can enrich the lives of those around you (especially your husband) just by being a godly women and being a strong example of Christ. 
"No lack of gain"...hmm, I think that also implies spiritually, that you walk together in submission and agreement with God. 
That Christ is your center, and together you worship Him.
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