6 Characteristics of a Strong Christian Wife from Proverbs 31
- Sarah Coleman Author
- 2017 7 Feb
She is up before dawn for a workout. She fixes lunches and drives the kids to school. She sits in traffic while making phone calls and setting up meetings. She gives all she's got in her nine to five. She collects the kids still answering emails. She helps with homework, runs a midweek connect group for her church, and cooks balanced meals for her family. And at the end of the day she spends time with her husband. All in the span of 24 hours.
She is a woman. A mother. A wife.
Which is why I cringe at the misconception that Christian women should be weak. Weakness will compromise our families and husbands. The world needs strong, godly women.
I'm not talking about brute, manipulative, win-at-all-costs strength. I have learned a strong wife comes about through grace. Grace for mistakes and grace empowering her in weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9-10).
I am not strong because of my inner ability or will power. I am strong in His grace, in His supernatural power.
Biblical women were not weak. Think Esther, Deborah, Jael, Mary and Priscilla. Women who defied the odds, rescued their nation, and changed the world. Strong married women.
If we break down Proverbs 31, we see the six qualities that will make us strong Christian wives.
A strong wife is trustworthy.
Proverbs 31:11a - “Her husband can trust her.”
A strong wife will never deceive her husband. She will not go behind his back. Her eyes never wander. She communicates with honesty and truthfulness.
A strong wife enriches.
Proverbs 31:11b - “And she will greatly enrich his life.”
A weak wife will not enrich her husband, but drag him down. Her moods and unpredictability will drain him of precious energy. He will resent her, rather than desire her.
The world is choking your man. Workplaces are not encouraging or uplifting. Your husband needs a woman who will build him up to be the man of his destiny, a woman who thinks her man is incredible and isn't afraid to show it.
A strong wife is energetic.
Proverbs 31:17 - “She is energetic and strong, a hard worker.”
Managing a household takes strength. Bucket loads of it. So take care of yourself. Eat right. Be realistic with your time management. You can be like everyone else - tired - but I get the feeling the Proverbs 31 wife was not like everyone else. She had energy.
A strong wife demonstrates dignity.
Proverbs 31:25a - “She is clothed with strength and dignity.”
Strength and dignity belong together. A strong woman is the kind of woman worthy of honor, not a weak one. She knows her worth as a child of the Most High God and operates out of that revelation.
A strong wife is fearless.
Proverbs 31:25b - “And she laughs without fear of the future.”
Fear is crippling. It paralyzes hearts and destroys destinies. A strong woman does not bow to fear. A strong wife believes the best about her husband and children. She always hopes and perseveres until the end.
A strong wife is virtuous.
Proverbs 31:28-29 - “Her children stand and bless her. Her husband praises her: ‘There are many virtuous and capable women in the world, but you surpass them all!’”
Strong women are often depicted as manipulating, seductive, and vengeful. A strong, godly woman is none of those. She is kind, considerate, and moving forward. She does not rely on charm to get her way. She does not need to push or throw her weight around.
It seems as though women who get all the glory use their assets to their advantage. But you - a strong Christian woman - you are virtuous and capable. You are a woman deserving praise and adoration. Your husband and children know the gift they have in you. They are blessed by your strength.
The world needs strong women. Your husband needs a strong wife. Your children need a strong mother. So be one.
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Publication date: February 7, 2017