A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies. Proverbs 31:5
It is very common for girls, who once have graduated high school and maybe college, they desire to get married. They search for some man who will love them and want them.
In order to be ready for that, many will take care of their physical appearances. They will put on the best makeup, wear the best jewelry and stay in good shape. However, their character does not improve.
Often their character stays all about self and making self look good, rather than building others up. Finding one that is about helping and building others up is a rare find.
Solomon describes a wife of noble character as being of worth more than rubies.
Noble character is something that is difficult to find in many people, both men and women. This is a character that is serving, loving, and hard working. It is one about building others up, rather than focusing on self.
While Solomon is specifically talking about a wife being of a noble character, men can take this advice also. This describes the person who is a follower of Jesus. Jesus used wisdom, worked hard, provided food, helped the poor and needy, opened His arms to everyone, showed no fear, and clothes His followers.
Every believer needs to be a person of noble character as Jesus is. The noble character is a description of love for others. God is love and believers are to be like God–love. This goes against the grain of the world, which is all about self, not love.
In marriage and in life, if everyone is showing God’s love, being a person of noble character, there will be less fights and arguments. Hurting others will drop and more lives will be changed for God.
Take a moment to determine what type of character you are. Do you portray a character that is like that of the world—selfish? Or do you represent the noble character of Jesus—loving others?
Allow God to work on your character to make you more like Jesus. Learn to love others and put them first over yourself and second only to God. Work hard and be generous to others. Be willing to share the gospel message to all you meet. Be quick to forgive and extend mercy. Be gracious and thankful.
What type of character are you being today?
I pray today that you will allow God to change your character to that of Jesus; that you will love others as God loves you and them; that you will build others up in Christ Jesus; and that God will fill you with His grace and mercy towards others.