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Summary: To show the importance of a wife

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Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land.

Everybody knows he has a good wife. Wives who are virtuous are known to be virtuous. Although many a time they are not seen out side of social occasions and church people know they are virtuous. I believe they see this in the husband. They way he talks. The way he acts. The way he looks.(especially kind of plump)

A Virtuous woman is also a good Mother.

She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant.

Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come. She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.

Woman as the teacher. She is the one who espouses the wisdom of the bible to her children.

She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.

Many wives downfall is idleness. I think one of the worst idleness is "Soap Operas". And this is one thing that I can say from experience. There is in reality no excuse to watch them. Many a marriages have been broken up because the husbands could not live up to the standard.

Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her. Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all. {have...: or, have gotten riches}

She is recognized by her children. As is known behind every great man there is a woman and behind every great child there is a mother.

Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.

It is all summed up in this. None of the above is important unless it is guided by the fear of the Lord. This shown in every work.

Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates. (Proverbs 31:10-31 AV)

The question we come to now is how does a wife live up to the virtues found in these passages. How can one do these? If one fails in one are they no longer virtuous? But I bring you back to the thought at the beginning. These are goals. They are attainable goals but they are goals. God’s ideal is for you to have each one of these working in your life. That is his ideal but he knows it is a process just as sanctification is a process so he wants you to strive for these. Let you sight be set on these.

So I ask you wives do you need help. I want to issue you a challenge. Maybe you have been focusing on what your husband needs to do and it is time to focus on your virtues. Maybe you have not lived up to God’s standard. God is there to help you are you willing to take the plunge.

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