Secrets to Unfading Beauty: Part II
Mary was beautiful because she had learned how to develop a love for domestic skills. Proverbs 31:13 “She seeks wool and flax, And willingly works with her hands.” (NKJV) As Paul said, in Titus 2:5, she is a worker at home. She loves to tangibly serve others with food and skills, she has a home that is open and hospitable, she is given to ministry to the sick and needy and less fortunate.
Mary was beautiful because she had learned how to demonstrate Godly concern. Proverbs 31:15, 20 “She also rises while it is yet night, And provides food for her household, And a portion for her maidservants. She extends her hand to the poor, Yes, she reaches out her hands to the needy.” (NKJV) She has learned the love of Christ for others.
Mary was beautiful because she had learned how to cultivate prudence in financial matters. Proverbs 31:16, 24 “She considers a field and buys it; From her profits she plants a vineyard. She makes linen garments and sells [them,] And supplies sashes for the merchants.” (NKJV) She is a saver not a spender. She can see beyond today alone.
Mary was beautiful because she had learned the great value of hard work. Proverbs 31:17,19 “She girds herself with strength, And strengthens her arms. She stretches out her hands to the distaff, And her hand holds the spindle.” (NKJV) God puts a premium on hard work and so she moves toward it, not away. There is no slothfulness, indolence or lack of motivation.
Mary was beautiful because she had learned how to internalize Biblical wisdom. Proverbs 31:26 “She opens her mouth with wisdom, And on her tongue [is] the law of kindness.” (NKJV) The Word is in her heart and life and so it comes out of her mouth. And when it does it is dressed in the clothes of the Spirit, gentle and kind.
Proverbs 31:25,28 “Strength and honor [are] her clothing; She shall rejoice in time to come. Her children rise up and call her blessed; Her husband [also,] and he praises her.” (NKJV)
Mary was beautiful because she had learned these secrets of godly womanhood.
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