John 13:34-35 “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.” Are you known for your love? Are you of good reputation? Is your life a reflection of Christ?
Things that touched me:
- Stormie reminds us of Proverbs 22:1 “A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold.” In other words, a good reputation is of great value! Many times we do as we please under the guise that we don’t care what others think. It’s true that we are not to aim to please man, but God is the one we please when we lead an upright life.
- When speaking of her personal experience in protecting her husband’s reputation, Stormie says, “We always called people we thought would be most affected by any misquotes and told them what the truth was.” She and her husband took action to try to protect his business and reputation. It’s amazing how a kind phone call can put out a fire. Romans 12:18 “If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.”
- Stormie writes a fitting paragraph tying together the Proverbs 31 woman and “His Reputation”. Here it is:
A virtuous wife, the Bible says, has a husband who is respected. He is “known in the gates, when he sits among the elders of the land” (Proverbs 31:23). Does that just happen? Is every virtuous woman guaranteed a husband with a good reputation? Or does she have something to do with that? It’s true that a man gets a certain amount of respect for having a good wife, but I believe one of the good things she does is pray for him and his reputation.
I didn’t find anything in this chapter that I respectfully disagree with.
Proverbs 31:24 “She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant.”
There she goes with that sewing stuff again! Sometimes, she gets under my skin with all her perfection! Then, I ask the LORD what I can learn from her.
She is an entrepreneur! She thinks up ways she can earn money for her family. Not only does she do wonderful things at home, but she ventures outside of the home.
Where were her children when she ventured out? How irresponsible; she just leaves her responsibilities and goes gallivanting around town! Well, not really! I’m sure her children were left in capable hands. They were probably either left with her husband or her trusted servants. We can also note that her children are able to be left with others. She doesn’t have the children that no one wants to take care of because they are disobedient and unruly. She has well-trained and well-behaved children.
Notice that she is not just idly wandering around town gossiping or engaging in retail therapy. She uses her time and talents wisely.
When I read girdles, I thought of an undergarment, but this girdle is more like a belt or sash. This reminds me of Ephesians 6:14 “Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness.” She walks in strength and truth and shares that truth with others.
Your assignment for week 17: Read Chapter 16 of The Power of a Praying Wife “His Priorities”. What touched you? Any disagreements? Pray that your husband has his priorities in proper order. Also, study and ruminate on Proverbs 31:25.