It is one of my most sincere desires to grow into the kind of woman described in Proverbs 31. In particular, I am drawn to the attributes of feminine wisdom and kindness spelled out in verse 26:
As I’ve mentioned in a previous post, our words are powerful. The more intentional and discerning I can be about what I say (wisdom) and how I say it (kindness), the greater likelihood that my words and actions will encourage another person, rather than tear him/her down.
I want to be known as someone who keeps what the Bible refers to as the “law of kindness.” I actually don’t think it requires a lot of effort to be kind, but – from my perspective – it sure seems to take a lot more planning and time to be mean to people. If the Holy Spirit is within us, then kindness should flow from us fairly effortlessly.
Also, as the first part of this verse indicates, I’d also like to be known as someone who is wise. Whenever I open my mouth, I don’t want any foolishness to come out! Of course, I’m human, and I make mistakes like everyone else, but I don’t want to be known reputationally as someone who is unwise.
I’m thankful today for this verse, because it gives me a target that I can shoot for each day. As I reflect on the conversations I’ve had today, I can ask myself the following questions:
- Was I wise in my speech?
- Were my words characterized by kindness?
And – by the way – even though this passage of Scripture refers to the attributes of a godly woman, know that these qualities (at least the ones specifically called out in Proverbs 31:26) are also appealing in a godly man, too!
Here’s my prayer for today: Dear God, thank You for the reminder that my speech and actions should be characterized by godly wisdom and kindness. When my words are sharp toward anyone – including myself! – please bring this verse to my mind. After all, You always demonstrate wisdom and kindness toward me, so I should strive to do the same toward others.
Perhaps our world would be a totally different place if we all sought to live our lives by the principles put forth in Proverbs 31:26. I can’t speak for anyone else, but by the power of Your Holy Spirit, I ask You to govern my speech, and further develop me into the kind of godly woman described in Proverbs 31. In Your name I pray, Amen.