You may read the Introduction to the series HERE.
Last week, I shared some characteristics of a man who is sensitive to the Spirit of God. This week, I'd like to share a list of qualities of a spiritually-sensitive woman that I brainstormed. I pray that these insights might be an encouragement to you as you ponder and pray over them--I know that they have challenged me--
In my own interactions with other believers and in my reading, I have often come up against the either stated or implied idea that a woman's actions will change the heart of her husband. I have heard teaching on this subject that places guilt and responsibility upon a woman's shoulders that was never placed there by the Lord in Scripture. Biblically, we are called to--
A woman who loves Christ Jesus with all of her heart (Mark 12:30)
A woman who knows and loves Scripture (Hebrews 4:12, John 8:32, Psalm 119)
A woman who encourages her husband in the ways of the Lord (I Thessalonians 5:11)
A woman who is strong in the Lord~powerful examples~~Jael and Deborah (Judges 4), Esther (book of Esther), Ruth (book of Ruth)-- to name a few.
A woman who will not compromise under pressure (Matthew 24:13, James 1:12))
A woman who loves her children and makes sacrifices for them (Titus 2:4-5)
A woman who puts her own needs after the needs of others (Philippians 2:1-4)
A woman who gives generously (II Corinthians 8:1-15)
A woman who trusts God with her future (Proverbs 31:25)
A woman who clothes her family well -takes care of the needs of her family (Proverbs 31:21)
A woman who is sensitive to those who are hurting (Colossians 3:12-13, Proverbs 31:20)
A woman who is not frivolous (I Peter 5:8-9). And I cannot help interjecting here Mr. Knightly's words from Jane Austen's Emma--"Men of good sense do not want silly wives!" ;-))
A woman who is thrifty (Proverbs 31:27)
A woman who brings honor to her husband (Proverbs 31)
A beautiful woman--beautiful because she reflects Christ (I Peter 3:3-4)
A woman who walks by faith (II Corinthians 5:7)
Please join me next week for the next part in this series! I am hopeful and excited for how the Lord will work through our marriages as we submit ourselves to His leading and love.
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