|Vol. 1, No. 7||Page 10||July 1999|
Today’s Christian Woman
Today’s Christian woman can always be attuned to the wishes of the Gentle Shepherd of the flock as she continually strives to please God. She studies the Scripture to improve her knowledge and elevate the cause of Christ. She is obedient to her husband and speaks well of him wherever she goes. She is kind, using no unpleasant words or actions. She shows how to love and be tenderhearted by being tender and loving. She brings joy and laughter into her busy world, yet she is ready to weep with those who may be suffering and in deep sorrow. She must keep her tongue under control. She is trusted to keep her speech and actions pure concerning others. Trustworthiness is a trait becoming a virtuous woman. She will seek guidance and wisdom through daily prayer, often without ceasing! Above all she has true modesty!
Ephesians 5:19 plainly says “singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord.” Listen as a Christian woman sings praise to the Lord while teaching her children to do the same. To hear a small child sing is something sweet and beautiful! The melody comes from a heart with no restraint whatsoever, praising God, pure and simple.
Her heart instructs her hands to do the work of love Christ entrusted to every Christian lady. “She looketh well to the ways of her household and eats not the bread of idleness” (Proverbs 31:27). Her hands, gentle in touch, yet firm when necessary, will hold tightly to the weaker clasps of those in need. She gives support through trials and torment, understanding the work as she labors in her home, church and community. She is a wife, mother and friend who can be depended upon when emergencies arise, day or night. She gives all of herself to being a Christian!
A Christian woman can accomplish much in her lifetime. First, she is a virtuous woman, trusted, will do good, seeks and works willingly, brings . . . buys, plants . . . and strengthens . . . her candle goeth not out by night. She makes, sells, then delivers! These words hold forth just a few deeds she can be busy about today. She has much to do as she stays within the proper boundaries spoken of in the Bible. She has no time to become unhappy with her place in life. “Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also” (Proverbs 31:28). “Favor is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised” (Proverbs 31:30).
Her own emotions, dwelling deep within her soul, can rest contentedly as she brings her requests to the Lord. “The peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep her heart and mind through Jesus Christ” (Philippians 4:4). “A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance, but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken” (Proverbs 15:13). Why should she even think or do evil when rejoicing in the Lord pays better dividends by far?
Her face is the mirror of her soul! It will expose her innermost being! A Christ-like woman has nothing to hide, the beauty of her soul will shine in her face! She need not be ashamed of her beauty. She is victorious!
Lastly, the Christian lady gives of the fruits of her hands; her works will praise her. What a challenge to all of us. A challenge of such enormity should capture our attention, never letting us go until we too have become a priceless stone with a value yet unknown. To be priceless speaks well of the Christian woman today. Her price is far above rubies if she is willing to do the work Christ would have her do.
Her soul, at peace with God, is safely sealed, waiting to soar away home. This ‘living stone,’ the result of a Christian lifetime, reflects the brilliance of a well polished jewel. Her experiences may have been a struggle, but Jesus knows her efforts and her obedience. He will be her final Judge. She will lay her gift, the ‘lively stone,’ at his blessed feet. I joy she whispers—
That I always choose to follow thee.”
You said Lord, “Just take my hand, tightly to it hold,
I will lead you home, through a weary troubled world,”
Then home at last; in from the rough, rugged road,
Into the comfort of the good Shepherd’s fold,
Humbly I bring my gift as softly I cry,
“This is my all, dear Lord, receive me or I die!”