Thursday, March 28, 2013

The Heart of Friendship

Session 2 of the Online Beautiful to God Conference.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Keep Your Tongue

"She openeth her mouth with wisdom, 
and in her tongue is the law of kindness." 
Proverbs 31:26

The virtuous woman is real. She understands that what is in your heart WILL come out. It is highly likely that your life will be heated- but what do you make of it? Does your cup spill tea or bitterade? God tells us that,

"A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh." Luke 6:45

The virtuous woman speaks wisdom. What kind of wisdom? There are two types of wisdom. One is knowledge (i.e. know-it-all). The Bible says of this kind of wisdom:

"...Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth. And if any man think that he knoweth any thing, he knoweth nothing yet as he ought to know." 1 Corinthians 8:1b-2
"But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. This wisdom decendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work." James 3:14-16

The Greek word tells us that the virtuous woman had the good kind of wisdom, but the latter part of the verse informs us as well. "In her tongue is the law of kindness."

"But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace." James 3:17-18
"But let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man." Colossians 4:6

I know my speech has a long way to go toward being consistently kind and wise. Too often, I succumb to the temptation of popular sarcasm, gossip, and frivolity. But there is hope! God offers heart surgery.

"If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him." James 1:5
"My son, [or daughter] if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee; So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding; Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding; If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures; Then shalt thou understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God. For the Lord giveth wisdom: out of His mouth cometh knowledge and understanding." Proverbs 2:1-6

How is your speech?

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Womanhood God's Way

We've been studying the virtuous woman in Proverbs. God's divine plan for womanhood brings peace, joy, and fulfillment. However, today's culture has turned godly womanhood into an old fashioned cumbersome habit. We are so saturated with the world's ideals that it is hard to see God's way. Nancy Leigh DeMoss and Mary Kassien discuss how a woman can get back on the high road.

Modern Feminism and the Gender Blur part 1

Modern Feminism and the Gender Blur part 2

Saturday, March 2, 2013

New Clothes

I love new clothes! -And I think many of my girl friends out there do too. There's just something exciting about shopping for a new "perfect outfit" for any number of events. Then there are times that I find a cute shirt by accident, and just can't WAIT to wear it. Oh, I'm so excited now as I think about the "new" shirt my sister just gave me...

According to our studies here in Proverbs 31, the virtuous woman liked nice things as well. She made her clothing from purple, she made tapestry for the home, we saw that she spins her own yarn to clothe her family and then makes nice belts to supply the merchants. Verse 25 shows that she wore another type of clothing as well:

"Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come."

Strength is a Hebrew word meaning strength, force (the Bible word often translated virtue), security, majesty, and praise. That's quite a quality! I like the word "security." It carries the idea that this woman trusted in her Heavenly Father, and therefore trusted her husband to care for her needs. She didn't nag or worry. She prayed and encouraged, lending strength to her husband.

Honour, used here, means magnificence, that is, ornament or splendour. This concept reminds me of 1 Peter 3:4 which says, "But let it [her adorning] be the hidden man of the heart... even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price." The virtuous woman does not demand to be the queen of her castle, but instead, makes her man the king of the castle and arrives at queen-hood as a by-product.

© copyright 2008 Terry Juliano
This woman is clothed inside and out! Yes, she wears nice clothing, but she also acts as regal as her dress. This verse sounds really similar to another favorite of mine found in Isaiah 61:10.

"I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for He hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, He hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels."

What are you wearing?