By Patrice Garvey
Member, Mt Airy church of Christ
Who is consider a Virtuous woman and what does the bible say about a virtual woman?
What does the dictionary say about a virtuous woman? According to the Merriam webster dictionary the word Virtuous: having or showing high moral standards. Example she considered herself very virtuous because she neither drank nor smoked. To be consider a virtuous person is having or exhibiting virtue. b: morally excellent: righteous a virtuous decision. 2: chaste. 3:
potent, efficacious. The word virtuous is an adjective which is. conforming to moral and
ethical principles; morally excellent; upright: Lead a virtuous life. chaste: a virtuous young person. Examples: Honesty, courage, compassion, generosity, fidelity, integrity, fairness, self-control,
and prudence are all examples of virtues. The virtuous person is an ethical person.
What does the bible said about virtue has been defined as “conformity of life and conduct with the principles of morality?” The virtues are thus the practical attitudes and habits adopted in obedience to those principles. ... To these four, Christianity added the three theological virtues of faith, hope, and love.
What does the bible say about a virtuous woman and how she should behave? “Proverbs 31 defines a virtuous woman as one who leads her home with integrity, discipline, and more. All the virtues she practices are aimed at making her husband's life better, teaching her children, and serving God” As Christian women we should have and demonstrate these characters wherever we go. We are the salt and light of the word and so we should let our light shine through these traits that the bible
In the book of Ruth, we learn about Ruth and her mother-in-law Naomi and how they were loyal and obedient to Gods word, even after the death of her son and Ruth’s husband. According to Ruth 3:11 – “And now, my daughter, fear not; I will do to thee all that thou require: for all the city of my people doth know that thou art a virtuous woman”. Proverbs 3:15 - She is more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her. As Christian
women we should always be consider more than rubies, because of our devotion to God and the lives we live and the role we play in out homes and at work. When an individual who is not a Christian sees us, that individual should know that we are a virtuous woman because of
Proverbs 8:11 - For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it. Proverbs 12:4 - A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband: but she that maketh ashamed is as rottenness in his bones. Proverbs 31:10-31 - Who can find a
virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies. Proverbs 31:11 - The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil. Philippians 4:8 - Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever
things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these Titus 2:3-5 - The aged women likewise, that they be in behavior as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things.
by Paulette Hamilton
Member of Intown Atlanta church of Christ
There are certain human characteristics and traits that are overwhelmingly feminine and attributed to women. Only women can bear children. Only women can breastfeed. Only women can be traditional mothers, aunts, sisters and wives. We are wired differently than men and we have different societal roles than men. As women, we often face cultural restrictions that men do not face. We have vulnerabilities that men do not have. But although we are different than men, spiritually, we are no less important to our Lord and in His eyes, we are not that different at all. In *Galatians 3:27-28*, Paul writes that for those who have been baptized into Christ, we become one in Him, and our cultural (neither Jew nor Greek), societal (neither slave nor free) and positional (neither male nor female) differences are no longer important.
But we live in a world where these differences often intervene and disturb our lives. As women, we face a dichotomy that is sometimes difficult to handle. The world presses us to be feminine while our Christian walk demands us to be strong. Society wants us to be submissive, but the Word tell us to be bold. In the worship we are cautioned to be quiet, but we also are told to be outspoken about our faith. Sisters, I have grappled with this, and what has helped me tremendously is to study and meditate on the women in the New Testament who intersected and connected with Jesus during his life on this earth.
There is not much information about these women, only snippets, here and there. They lived in a time and culture where women were often treated like they were personal possessions, disposable, without much say in their own lives. But in their biblical records, I see these women being brave and
nurturing, serving in their households and boldly following Jesus, hosting in their homes and sitting at his feet to learn. They believed in Jesus and hoped in Him. Elizabeth, Mary, Martha, Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Salome and Susanna have taught me that I can be and do all things in Jesus. I can’t let the restrictions and challenges I may face as a woman stop me from living in the power of Christ.
Remember when Mary, while she was pregnant with Jesus, goes to visit her cousin Elizabeth? At the time Elizabeth was also pregnant with John the Baptist. Elizabeth had a visceral reaction to Jesus while he was still in Mary’s womb. She declares to Mary, “Blessed is the fruit of your womb! Why is it granted to me that the mother of my Lord should come to me” (*Luke 1:42-43)*? Mary responds to Elizabeth by praising God. “My soul magnifies the Lord” (*Luke 1:46).*
Now, these two women were facing some of the most difficult times in their life. Elizabeth was advanced in years, was having her first child and her husband had been struck dumb. Can you imagine what she must have gone through not being able to talk to her husband about her feelings, her fears, her doubts, her wonders during this miraculous pregnancy? And Mary was pregnant with a child that was not her husband’s! The angel had stopped Joseph from putting her away, but can you imagine that stress! She lived in a time when she could have been severely castigated for this. If I were in Mary’s place, or in Elizabeth’s place I think I would have been crying and complaining. But Elizabeth and Mary show us the value of having godly woman companions. *Together*, praising and magnifying Jesus, they coped with their stress and worry. In Jesus they found solace.
When Jesus was hanging on the cross, amid the sorrow, terror and fear, the women stood by. His mother, Mary Magdalene, James’ mother and Salome were all at the cross. I think we sometimes don’t get how brave an act this was. When you consider the political turmoil that led up to the crucifixion, you would think that these women would have hidden away in their homes while the crucifixion was taking place. But they didn’t. Imagine what it must have been like for Mary to watch her first born die, in such an agonizing way! But she stood there, *together* with her godly women companions, strong in the hope of the resurrection.
As women we are going to face challenges that are unique to us. There are women who are unwed mothers, women facing difficult pregnancies, women threatened by men who hold financial power over them. The list goes on. But, as Christian women, we can find great strength in our godly companionship, to overcome these challenges. Like Mary, Elizabeth and Martha, we can draw on each other’s strengths, knowing that in Jesus we find solace and in Him we have a wonderful hope. "Together".