JJUST A THOUGHT

Lady wis­dom

The Covington News - - RELIGION - Dr. Wil­liam Burn­ham is a pas­tor at Point of Grace Church in Cov­ing­ton. He can be reached at burn­hamw@char­ter.net.

“A wife of no­ble char­ac­ter who can find? She is worth far more than ru­bies. (Prov 31:10)

How in­tim­i­dat­ing it would be to stand side by side with per­fec­tion in a room full of mir­rors. Ev­ery flaw we have would be dras­ti­cally ex­posed. I imag­ine it is much like a woman read­ing Prov. 31. So lets take a dif­fer­ent look at this pas­sage ladies. First, there is a dif­fer­ence be­tween “per­fec­tion” and “ex­em­pli­fi­ca­tion.” In other words, in­stead of com­par­ing one­self to the vir­tu­ous woman, use her as an ex­am­ple to which you model your char­ac­ter and in­ward beauty af­ter. Sec­ond, many com­men­ta­tors ac­tu­ally be­lieve she is not really a woman at all, but rather “lady wis­dom” or wis­dom. In this case men and woman can see and learn from her how to live a life of wis­dom (This is never a bad thing). Fi­nally, rather than run­ning scared from her, let’s look to her for train­ing and in­struc­tion on how to be a godly lady — one who fears the Lord, hates evil, re­strains her lips and con­trols her tongue, is emo­tion­ally sta­ble with a lis­ten­ing ear and teach­able spirit. Th­ese are won­der­ful ex­am­ples and char­ac­ter­is­tics to im­ple­ment in the life of a lady. Don’t fear her, be­friend her, she is not look­ing down her nose at you; rather she is of­fer­ing a hand up.

Ladies, don’t fo­cus on per­fec­tion, fo­cus on be­ing godly. None of us will ever be per­fect, but we can all be­come peo­ple of great worth!

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