I’ve seen these three words strung together to describe the most desirable traits in a woman. But what about kindness & compassion, wisdom, faithfulness, godliness, loyalty, purity, and integrity? Not every woman can be “funny, smart and beautiful,” but any woman (or man, for that matter) can, by God’s grace, develop the character traits listed above which are the criteria of true attractiveness.
“The Proverbs 31 woman” is is an amazing woman who by no means fits the stereotype of a meek and mild nobody living in the shadow of her husband.
She takes initiative and is industrious in her work and the administration of her household.
She has a head for business–in buying land, planting a crop, and selling her products.
She takes pride in making all kinds of beautiful things for herself and her family.
She plans ahead and provides for the future.
She shares with the needy.
Her words are wise and gracious.
She is a great asset to her husband.
She is praised and honored by those who know her best—her husband and children.
(By the way, it doesn’t say anything about her appearance.)
And what is the foundation of this kind of character? Maybe the clue is in the summary: “Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.” (Proverbs 31:30)
Maybe the task isn’t so daunting after all. By God’s grace, this is the woman I want to be!