Character Quality: Virtuous

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Character Quality: Virtuous

 
Honorable, principled, chase, wholesome, pure. All of these words are synonyms for virtuous.
 
To live a life of virtue requires self-discipline, restraint, and determination. Often such resolve is ridiculed. People ridicule such standards. They criticize and discourage.
 
The virtuous woman described in Proverbs 31 intimidates most all of us. She stands as what could be seen as an impossible example of someone working, doing, giving, and rising. We read about her and become discouraged about all of the work we are not doing or all of the service we are not giving. The passage has been used to argue for and against working moms. It has been used as a measuring stick that many see as impossible to achieve.
 
But there is much to learn here.
 
She is trustworthy  (11-12)
She is proactive
She is resourceful (13, 16, 24)
She is diligent (17-20)
She is focused
She is thoughtful
She is compassionate (20)
She is confident (25b)
She is a wise teacher (26)
She fears the Lord (30b)
 
We can choose to follow in her footsteps and determine to live above the low-bar of the current cultural standard. We can be doers and givers. The point is not to be these things everyday and all the time but to seek to balance and contentment with what we can do today.
 
In our roles as women, wives, and mothers, we emulate the Proverbs 31 Woman. We can do our husbands good by speaking positively about them, listening to them, and showing respect. We can be aware of the clothing needs of our children and make sure they have what they need. We can provide delicious meals for our families. We can make sure the less fortunate have enough to eat. We can think about purchases before we actually invest in them. We can choose to be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. We can be diligent in our household work. We can give to the needy and help meet their physical needs. We can face the seasons with confidence as we plan ahead and prepare for them. We can live in such a way that our husbands can go and do what they were made to do. We can resist the consumer mentality and instead create, design, and produce useful items. We can look confidently to the future, choosing against stress and worry. We can teach those in our charge with wisdom. We can manage our households and not become lazy. We can enjoy the blessings of family.
 
Daniel stands out an excellent example of male virtue. He served selflessly and sacrificially never compromising his convictions. Humility characterized him. He influenced those around him and inspired them to stand tall. His enemies plotted to destroy him using his devotion to God as a way to bring about the accusations. Yet even when facing the lions den, he didn’t falter. Sentenced to die because of his virtue, he faithfully trusted in God’s sovereignty.
 
Choosing to live a virtuous life means living above the fray, above the judgment, above the criticism, above the noise. Living in such a way can be lonely at times. Others will probably not understand the choices, the sacrifices, or the joy that comes from living a life worthy and devoted to a holy God.
 
Paul instructs us in several passages about things we should put aside and abandon in order to pursue the holiness of virtue. Many characterize virtue as old-fashioned or out-of-date — old-school or prudish. These descriptions indicate a desire for an updated or modern approach to living.
 
But the way God’s word instructs us to live needs no revision. His prescription for holy and virtuous living is timeless. A determined focus to glorify God and serve others resides at the center of virtue. There isn’t any room for selfishness. To be virtuous is to live for the audience of One, honoring Him in all things — everything you say and do.
 
Father, You are holy. Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, Who is and was and is to come. Thank You for the examples in Your word of virtuous lives. Thank You for calling us higher. Thank You for the strength to pursue holiness. Thank You for the gift of Your Son. Teach us to live a life worthy for Your glory one day at a time.
 
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Rachael Carman
I had it going on—or so I thought. After surviving sixty-three months of pregnancy, countless sleepless nights, and 35,000+ diapers, this one-time control freak encountered God’s grace. And I’m here to encourage you to do the same! I love encouraging and inspiring moms to grow deeper in their walk and relationship with our Heavenly Father.

I’ve been married to my beloved, Davis, since 1986; our life has been a roller-coaster ride, with God at the controls. We have seven kids and let me tell you our family loves to laugh! I enjoy playing in the dirt, eating dark chocolate, and walking on the beach. I’m an author and speaker and I am passionate about helping moms not only survive motherhood, but draw near to the Father and thrive in motherhood.

I’m so glad you’re here.
Posted on: May 9, 2014, by : Rachael Carman