31 1THE WORDS of Lemuel king of Massa, which his mother taught him: 2What, my [U]son? What, son of my womb? What [shall I advise you], son of my vows and dedication to God? 3Give not your strength to [loose] women, nor your ways to those who and that which ruin and destroy kings. 4It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine, or for rulers to desire strong drink, 5Lest they drink and forget the law and what it decrees, and pervert the justice due any of the afflicted. 6Give strong drink [as medicine] to him who is ready to pass away, and wine to him in bitter distress of heart. 7Let him drink and forget his poverty and [seriously] remember his want and misery no more. 8Open your mouth for the dumb [those unable to speak for themselves], for the rights of all who are left desolate and defenseless; 9Open your mouth, judge righteously, and administer justice for the poor and needy. 10A capable, intelligent, and [V]virtuous woman--who is he who can find her? She is far more precious than jewels and her value is far above rubies or pearls. 11The heart of her husband trusts in her confidently and relies on and believes in her securely, so that he has no lack of [honest] gain or need of [dishonest] spoil. 12She comforts, encourages, and does him only good as long as there is life within her. 13She seeks out wool and flax and works with willing hands [to develop it]. 14She is like the merchant ships loaded with foodstuffs; she brings her household’s food from a far [country]. 15She rises while it is yet night and gets [spiritual] food for her household and assigns her maids their tasks. 16She considers a [new] field before she buys or accepts it [expanding prudently and not courting neglect of her present duties by assuming other duties]; with her savings [of time and strength] she plants fruitful vines in her vineyard. [S. of Sol. 8:12.] 17She girds herself with strength [spiritual, mental, and physical fitness for her God-given task] and makes her arms strong and firm. 18She tastes and sees that her gain from work [with and for God] is good; her lamp goes not out, but it burns on continually through the night [of trouble, privation, or sorrow, warning away fear, doubt, and distrust]. 19She lays her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff. 20She opens her hand to the poor, yes, she reaches out her filled hands to the needy [whether in body, mind, or spirit]. 21She fears not the snow for her family, for all her household are doubly clothed in scarlet. 22She makes for herself coverlets, cushions, and rugs of tapestry. Her clothing is of linen, pure and fine, and of purple [such as that of which the clothing of the priests and the hallowed cloths of the temple were made]. 23Her husband is known in the [city’s] gates, when he sits among the elders of the land. 24She makes fine linen garments and leads others to buy them; she delivers to the merchants girdles [or sashes that free one up for service]. 25Strength and dignity are her clothing and her position is strong and secure; she rejoices over the future [the latter day or time to come, knowing that she and her family are in readiness for it]! 26She opens her mouth in skillful and godly Wisdom, and on her tongue is the law of kindness [giving counsel and instruction]. 27She looks well to how things go in her household, and the bread of idleness (gossip, discontent, and self-pity) she will not eat. 28Her children rise up and call her blessed (happy, fortunate, and to be envied); and her husband boasts of and praises her, [saying], 29[W]Many daughters have done virtuously, nobly, and well [with the strength of character that is steadfast in goodness], but you excel them all. 30Charm and grace are deceptive, and beauty is vain [because it is not lasting], but a woman who reverently and worshipfully fears the Lord, she shall be praised! 31Give her of the fruit of her hands, and let her own works praise her in the gates [of the city]!
tnbassman10
I. Intro What do we get when we practice generosity? When we give of our time or means to someone in need, do we gain anything? II. Bea... Read More
I. Intro What do we get when we practice generosity? When we give of our time or means to someone in need, do we gain anything? II. Beauty & Value of Generosity 1. Act of worship and service A. Israelites The Lord told Moses to tell the people to bring what was needed to build the Tabernacle (Exo 25:1-8). The Israelites were response for contributing the building of this mobile house of worship. The Israelites actually gave too much (Exo 36:1-7)! What a beautiful "problem" to have! They showed their love for their God in their generosity. B. New Testament Christians In the New Testament, there was a famine in Jerusalem. The Christians there were struggling with having enough to eat. In Paul's letter to the Corinthians he praises the Philippians (to whom which he also wrote a letter) with their willingness to give of their means to help those in Jerusalem (2 Cor 8:1-5). Paul explains why they did this. They had devoted themselves to God and because so they felt obligated to give to their brothers and sisters in need. Paul also mentioned this same event in his other letter. He wanted the Christians in Corinth to begin a collection so he could pick it up when he came (1 Cor 16:1-4). 2. Shows kindness to less fortunate Prov 22:9, 31:20; Deut 15:7-8 III. Motives Matter 1. Remember the widow (Mark 12:41-44) Jesus teaches his apostles a lesson with the widow giving the only two coins she had. Did the others do wrong? No, but no one gave as much as she did. The motive behind he generosity determines the real value of the action. She gave all she had. 2. Give from the heart (2 Cor 9:7) III. Motives that Diminish Value 1. To be praised publicity (Acts 7:1-11) If you do this, that is all the reward you're going to get is the public affection. Your generosity is no supposed to be about you. It is about God! Remember Ananias and Sapphira? 2. To gain influence (Matt 6:1-4) This happens in politics all the time. The sad thing is sometimes this game gets played in the church as well. 3. To exploit situations (Matt 6:1-4) If you don't get your way then you "take your money elsewhere" is not generosity. Give for God's glory. 4. To buy friends If you do this, you're putting to much faith in your riches. Secondly, you're not buying the best type of friends. Remember the parable of the prodigal son? When his money ran out, so did his friends. IV. Conclusion Remember give out of the abundance of your heart. Let your generosity be for God's glory, not your own. sermon by Cory Waddell Highland Heights church of Christ Lebanon, TN
tnbassman10
The For the wife (3:1-6) Peter continues the conversation of submission to authority from the previous chapter. Instead of a employee-emp... Read More
The For the wife (3:1-6) Peter continues the conversation of submission to authority from the previous chapter. Instead of a employee-employer relationship, he now focuses on the martial relationship. In this case, he instructs wives to be subject unto their husbands, even husbands who are not Christians. A non-Christian husband may not treat his wife well. However, there is no Biblical doctrine for suffering wives to leave their husbands and remarry another person. Instead, wives are admonished to respond to unbelieving husbands with moral conduct combined with respect for their authority as husbands. Peter addresses the matter of orderly personal grooming for Christian women. The adornment of the inner person is more important than enhancing one's physical appearance. Peter is not forbidding the use of jewelry, nice clothing, or well-arranged hair, but rather he wants Christian women to focus others' attention, not on their bodies, but on Christ whose characteristics are reflected in their lives. The greatest impression Christians--both men and women--should have on others is that they belong to Christ. Being stylish, physically fit, attractive, or wealthy should not be your primary concern. Paul echoed this in his letter to Timothy (1 Tim. 2:9-10). Dress yourself with good works and righteous living. The Virtuous Woman (Prov 31:10-31) God gives us an example of the ideal woman in Proverbs. The virtuous woman is pleased to do the work of the homemaker and does not consider those tasks to be demeaning or menial (Prov. 31:13-15,21-22). The virtuous woman is filled with good will toward her husband. She maintains the best of intentions toward him in their relationship together. She earns the confidence of her husband and shows appreciation for his labor by being resourceful with family resources (Prov. 31:11-12). A virtuous woman completes her husband. A godly wife can make a good man a great man (Prov 31:23,31). Being in subjection to a husband does not imply shame or suggest inferiority. Except for God the Father, everyone is subject to another (1 Cor. 11:3; Heb. 13:17; Eph. 6:1). Wives should be pleased to fulfill their God-given roles as Christ fulfilled His role God set for Him in the salvation of mankind. Women Working Outside the Home? The virtuous woman is enterprising. She is not afraid of taking on additional responsibilities as time permits (Prov. 31:16-19,24). So, can a Christian woman work outside the home? Many Bible women performed duties that are not directly tied into being a mother or wife. At the same time, there are commands in the Bible that women take care of their responsibilities in the home. Lydia was a "seller of purple" (Acts 16:12-16). A good woman with a household also had a business in this text. Aquila and Priscilla are often described as being a good Christian couple in the early church. Priscilla had a job as a tent maker (Acts 18:1-3). There were women that labored with Paul--work not directly related to being a homemaker (Phil 4:2-3; Rom 16:1-3). Deborah, a judge of Israel, was a married woman. Being a judge of Israel is not directly related to being a homemaker. In today's society, most married women work outside of the home by choice. Under what conditions can a Christian woman work outside of the home? When she has fulfilled her duties of being a homemaker and managing the house (Titus 2:3-5; 1 Tim. 5:14). For the Husband (3:7) Men are required to be in subjection to authority and patiently endure injustices in whatever role they find themselves. In this context, husbands must recognize their subjection to the will of God in the treatment of their wives. No man is permitted to be a dictator in his home, nor view himself as the center of the family. God is the central being in the family. The closer a husband and wife draw to God, the closer they draw together. Man is not permitted to make one decision in the home that does not first meet God's approval. God linked husbands and wives eternal inheritance to how they treat one another in marriage (John 3:22). How Should Man Treat His Wife? (1) God ordained that husbands be the providers for the home (Gen. 3:17-19; Eccl. 5:18-20). Men are to work and provide for their families (1 Tim. 5:8; 2 Thess. 3:10). (2) God set men to the task of being protectors of their families. Just as Christ was willing to give His life for the church, so must men stand ready to suffer and die for their families (Eph. 5:25). Good husbands do not allow their wives to go unprotected. (3) God assigned husbands the duty of being the spiritual leader of the house. They are order to be the heads of their families, a responsibility they may not delegate to their wives (Gen 3:16). Additionally, man's authority is not to be used as a whip to hold over his wife's head. There is never an acceptable excuse for a man to beat his wife. (4) Treat your wife as Christ treats the church (Eph 5:25,28-29). (5) God commanded husbands to be loving and tender towards their wives (Luke 18:16, John 8:7, Gal. 5:22-23). Husbands, it is a blessing from God to have a wife. Cherish that blessing; treat her with honor.
nolinjr
Inward beauty is more important than outward beauty.
Inward beauty is more important than outward beauty.
nolinjr
Samuel was warned that leaders had no business messing with alcohol. It is only for those who are ready to give up. Alcohol will only cau... Read More
Samuel was warned that leaders had no business messing with alcohol. It is only for those who are ready to give up. Alcohol will only cause you to forget your responsibilities.
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keeganlyn
Pressure from within and from without. After reading the comments (and sharing my own .2 cents), I realized that a lot of times, single... Read More
Pressure from within and from without. After reading the comments (and sharing my own .2 cents), I realized that a lot of times, single men and women feel pressured to become perfect spouses before they become spouses. From the outside, singles are being taught to prepare for marriage. Which is fine preaching by the way as long as somebody remembers to tell them that the preparation is for a heavenly groom, not an earthly one. (The earthly groom is just a happy beneficiary) Now as they begin to think about godly relationships and marriage, they are forced to get real with themselves; face up to wounds, hurts, luggage and pride. This clash on the inside begins to sour the idea of a happy fulfilled marriage. Still “Proverbs 31“ circles in their mind. And the battle between what the think they are and what they are expected to be ensues. As I thought about these tensions (and based on my own single experiences) two thoughts came to mind. 1. Potential challenges shouldn’t stop us from pursuing a dream. People who stop pursuing a dream because they heard the road was difficult don’t get much done in life. Just because you heard “marriage is difficult” shouldn’t stop you from pursuing a godly relationship. I think all marrieds will agree that there wouldn’t be a single marriage on earth if everyone gave in to fears and apprehensions at the beginning. Of course apprehensions can help us make better decisions. But we must appreciate that success in life involves learning to overcome challenges. The good thing about marriage is that you don’t (or shouldn’t) get married in a day. The process of time – friendship , courtship, engagement – can help us confront and deal with some of the fears and apprehensions. But you will never get the opportunity to face and overcome your fears if you don’t step on the road that leads to marriage. 2. There’s grace to do marriage (the same way there’s grace to be single) As a single person, marriage was one of those things I desired but was always apprehensive about. Like most people, I was living off the “singlehood grace” and it was completely lost to me that there could be another level, another grace tap into, on the other side of the altar. In his awesome devotional Selah, Joseph Iregbu says ”It is not enough to desire to do great things for God; you must pursue the spiritual enablement that motivates and sustains it: Grace. …. do not make that pursuit (of the great things) a sheer act of will, without seeking the grace that will ensure it serves as God intends.” (brackets mine) Genesis 2:24 “Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.” Marriage is a great gift and blessing, one that many desire and pursue. But we must understand that the one-flesh journey, as God-intended, is a grace thing. Grace does not eliminate issues and difficulties of course. But it will help you overcome and attain the gift of a happy marriage and home. It will help you shed off your “single” mind and living and help you become one-flesh with your beloved. Certainly you must prepare for marriage. And by prepare I mean be in the business of being whole and healthy and living intentionally. But find peace in the fact that there’s grace reserved for the next level, grace that you might not entirely perceive now. http://intentionaltoday.com/does-a-proverbs-31-wife-exist-before-marriage/
K. C. Lee
A wife of noble character who can find?She is worth far more than rubies. Her husband has full confidence in herand lacks nothing of valu... Read More
A wife of noble character who can find?She is worth far more than rubies. Her husband has full confidence in herand lacks nothing of value. She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life. She selects wool and flaxand works with eager hands. She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar. She gets up while it is still night;she provides food for her familyand portions for her female servants. She considers a field and buys it;out of her earnings she plants a vineyard. She sets about her work vigorously;her arms are strong for her tasks. She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night. In her hand she holds the distaffand grasps the spindle with her fingers. She opens her arms to the poorand extends her hands to the needy. When it snows, she has no fear for her household;for all of them are clothed in scarlet. She makes coverings for her bed;she is clothed in fine linen and purple. Her husband is respected at the city gate, where he takes his seat among the elders of the land. She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies the merchants with sashes. She is clothed with strength and dignity;she can laugh at the days to come. She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue. She watches over the affairs of her householdand does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children arise and call her blessed;her husband also, and he praises her: “Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.” Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate. -Proverbs 31:10-31 (NIV) After going through these qualities that the bible expected of a noble wife, I feel that my wife is almost eating all the characters. Clothing and food are all taken care of. The children are well clothed. She helps the poor and needy, she speaks with wisdom and gives faithful instruction. Children are taken care of and seldom get sick. Husband is praised and respected. The only thing that she did not do is to 'plant vineyard, sell and make an earning'. However, God helps me to be able to earn enough so that my wife need not have to earn money. Hence, I have a wife that is needed for all the noble task and character that God wants of a woman. What I need, God has given me. What I do not need (wife that makes money), God need not give me. In fact God has given me more because I have made more than what I need. god has blessed me abundantly. Thank you Lord....
K. C. Lee
Do not spend your strength on women, your vigor on those who ruin kings. It is not for kings, Lemuel—it is not for kings to drink wine, n... Read More
Do not spend your strength on women, your vigor on those who ruin kings. It is not for kings, Lemuel—it is not for kings to drink wine, not for rulers to crave beer, lest they drink and forget what has been decreed, and deprive all the oppressed of their rights. -Proverbs 31:3-5 (NIV) The mother of this King is awesome. She warned the king against women, wine and drunkard ness. Women are important. Jesus had few women that are close to him to give him support and love. Mother Mary, Matha and Mary. Similarly, Paul had Aquila and Priscilla, a group of widow in Acts. Women has some strength that are men's weaknesses. Need to appreciate this design of God so that I will respect the women and not look down on women. Thank you Lord for women.
daryl_g_3
Avoid alcohol
Avoid alcohol
mindyb
Delilah was a nag. Sam sons hair was an outward sign of his relationship with God. He allowed Delilah to come between him and God. Delil... Read More
Delilah was a nag. Sam sons hair was an outward sign of his relationship with God. He allowed Delilah to come between him and God. Delilah trusted the wrong people. She was greedy. Allow God to replace selfishness and greed with Love. Prov. 31:11
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