April 7, 2011
Proverbs 31:26 She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue
For most of Proverbs men have been used as “concrete examples” of the holders of wisdom. The Proverbs 31 woman is our example that women are 100% capable and responsible for understanding and having the wisdom found here in the book of Proverbs. We, as women, can’t use the excuse that the Bible is sometimes seen as masculine to neglect reading, understanding, and obeying what it tells us to do. The fact is God’s word is full of wonderful examples for Godly women for us to learn from; this great woman is only one of them. Not only is she wise, but also kind. The MacArthur Study Bible uses the word mercy instead of kindness. Though this lady is wise, she also tempers her wisdom with mercy. Mercy is defined as “Compassion or forgiveness shown toward someone whom it is within one's power to punish.” Mercy is a fruit of the Spirit and is given to all at Salvation. So, even though it may not be your spiritual gift, it is yours in Christ Jesus. Knowing what God’s Word says for us to do on any given subject is great, it’s really half the battle, but if we can’t express that wisdom in a way that will not alienate everyone we talk to, what good are we. As Mom’s we have a great burden to make sure that our children have a right view of God, because make no mistake they will have an opinion, it is up to how we live that will show them how important He is to us. As the old saying goes…actions speak louder than words. But remember, when we do speak, do so in love and kindness along with wisdom.