The profile of a Godly woman | Faith | The Press and Standard
by The Press and Standard | January 31, 2016 5:00 am
Last Updated: January 31, 2016 at 11:20 pm
According to Merriam Webster, a woman is an adult human female. This source goes on to give synonyms for a woman such as girlfriend, sweetheart, partner, significant other, inamorata, lover, mistress; fiancée, wife and spouse. Some of the informal similarities it shares for a woman are missus, better half, main squeeze, babe, baby and ladylove. The Online Slang Dictionary shares 205 words in reference to a woman, but out of all of them, shorty seems to be the most popular.
However, when you add the word Godly to a woman, it takes on a whole new meaning, and it is based on the Word of God. Every woman does not always fit this mold, but it is God’s desire for all of us to be Godly and beautiful.
Dr. John Barnett, in Traits of a Godly Wife, shares 12 traits that a Godly woman should strive to possess in order to become a Godly wife. I will share three of them with a verse of Scripture that can be associated with each one.
A Godly woman seeks to be modest in her dress. A woman’s outer appearance is very important because no matter how she dresses, there are others watching who may want to look just like her. Is your example of dressing a model for younger women or a disgrace? Deuteronomy 22:5 states, “The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman’s garment: for all that do so [are] abomination unto the Lord thy God.”
A Godly woman seeks to be holy in her conduct. One of the problems in our society among our younger women is that their conduct is very unbecoming. Why? Some of us from the older generation are not setting the example. It is not pleasing to tell someone, “Do as I say, not as I do.” We have to watch what we do and say as women, because we are constantly being watched. To curse in the presence of others, five minutes straight, without saying the same word, is shameful for anyone, especially a woman.
Further, a woman’s body is not to be given up to every male who passes by, because our bodies are the temple of the Lord. In the English Standard Version of the Bible, according to Titus 2:3-4, “Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children.”
Lastly, a Godly woman seeks to serve others. This woman is very giving because she sets that example in her own home. Therefore, it is not a challenge for her to serve others. She willingly does what the Lord says in Proverbs 31:15, “She rises while it is yet night and provides food for her household and portions for her maidens.”
The profile of a Godly woman can go on and on, but if she cares about her outer appearance, seeks to be holy in her conduct and seeks to serve others by setting an example of what she does at home, this sums it all up. On that note, I leave you with this story by an unknown author, “Every Woman is Beautiful.”
A little boy asked his mother, “Why are you crying?”
“Because I’m a woman,” she told him.
“I don’t understand,” he said.
His mum just hugged him and said, “And you never will…”
Later the little boy asked his father, “Why does Mother seem to cry for no reason?”
“All women cry for no reason,” was all his dad could say.
The little boy grew up and became a man, still wondering why women cry.
Finally, he put in a call to God; when God got on the phone, the man said, “God, why do women cry so easily?”
God said, “When I made woman, she had to be special. I made her shoulders strong enough to carry the weight of the world, yet gentle enough to give comfort.
“I gave her an inner strength to endure childbirth and the rejection that many times comes from her children.
“I gave her a hardness that allows her to keep going, when everyone else gives up, and take care of her family through sickness and fatigue without complaining.
“I gave her the sensitivity to love her children under any and all circumstances, even when her children have hurt her very badly. This same sensitivity helps her make a child’s “boo hoo” feel better and shares in her teenagers’ anxieties and fears.
“I gave her strength to carry her husband through his faults and fashioned her from his rib to protect his heart.
“I gave her wisdom to know that a good husband never hurts his wife, but sometimes tests her strengths and her resolve to stand beside him unfalteringly.
“And finally I gave her a tear to shed. This is hers exclusively to use whenever it is needed. The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair. The beauty of a woman must be seen in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides.”
Every woman is beautiful.
Have a wonderfully blessed week, and never leave home without Him!
(Anna Bright is a minister and educator in Walterboro. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org)