Proverbs 31:5 A Noble Character

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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. 

Proverbs 6:25 Wandering Eyes

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Do not lust in your heart after her beauty or let her captivate you with her eyes. Proverbs 6:25 

There are women in this world who are very beautiful physically, but are very dark spiritually. They live their lives to flirt with other men. They are never satisfied with just one man, but want a piece of each one.

There are also men, who look handsome physically, but their character is bad. Just like some women, they desire to be physically with other women, no matter who the person is.

Many people who see someone who looks great will begin to lust after that person. They desire to be with that person, whom they don’t even know, because of how that person looks or acts.

Solomon gives a strong warning for a person not to lust after a woman who is straying and lives for the wrong reasons.

Physically beauty is only skin deep. Many see it and desire the physical side of another person, disregarding the character and spiritual side of a person. This leads them into fornication and adultery, very quickly.

Some may only lust after another person and never do the act, but Jesus linked it as the same when even lusting in the heart as the actual action.

Lust for a person is seen every where a person looks. It is pushed as acceptable and common. It does not matter if a person is married or not.

There are many believers who get caught up in the lie that the other person might be better. Some will choose to act upon their thoughts, while many will just stay in the stage of lusting after someone.

While it is true that some men or women will look great, a believer must quickly turn his eyes away and move on. He must never allow lust to reign in his heart, turning him away from God.

Regardless of whether you are single or married, happy or not with your situation, you must guard your eyes. Do not allow yourself to be captured by the physical characteristics of another person.

God has set up the pattern of being with another person and how it is supposed to be. Follow His plan. His plan will bring contentment and joy. Walking the way of the world in lust will only bring about death and destruction.

Seeing someone cannot be helped, but what you do with your thoughts can. Focus your thoughts on God, not people.

I pray today that you will see people as God sees them; that you will know the true love of God for others; that God will help you guide your eyes and heart; and that God will help you to not lust after another person outside of marriage.

Ruth 2:11 Your Character Will Be Known

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Boaz replied, “I’ve been told all about what you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of  your husband–how you left your father and mother and your homeland and came to live with a people you did not know before.” Ruth 2:11 

Things that are done in the home in secret are often thought of as private and that no one knows about it. Yet, it is these actions that show the true character of a person. It shows what they are really like, instead of just putting on a show for the public.

People also talk and learn about what a person is really like. Everywhere a person goes, others are watching and listening. They are subconsciously finding out what a person is really like.

When Ruth and Naomi had moved to Bethlehem, Ruth had begun to gather leftover grain in the field of Boaz. After hearing about her, Boaz made sure she was given extra grain, providing abundantly for her. Ruth noticed the extra provision and asked him why he was treating her so well. He told her that it was because he had learned of everything she had done, leaving her family and homeland to stay with Ruth in a foreign land.

Ruth’s character of selflessness, loyalty and caring was seen by everyone. Her character had preceded her to others, giving her extra favor.

A person’s character will be seen by other people, whether it is good or bad. If it is a bad character, people will stay away and not trust. If it is a good character, they will come near and be faster to support.

Believers also show some character. Their character is to be one that portrays that of Jesus Christ. One of love, mercy, grace, kindness, patience and more. Although these are the characteristics believers should show, many are showing the characteristics of the world, hatred, jealousy, anger, rudeness and impatience.

People are watching you and wanting to know who you really are. They are trying to find out if your actions are matching your words.

If your character is matching that of Jesus, people will be faster to listen to you talk about Him. They will know that you are real in what you say and they will believe that the reason for this is because of Jesus.

If your character is like that of the world’s, then no one will listen to you talk about Jesus.

What is your character saying about you?

I pray today that you will live like Jesus did; that your character will match that of Jesus; that you will live true to God before all people; and that you will see God’s favor on your life. 

 

1 Timothy 3:7 A Good Reputation

 

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He must also have a good reputation with outsiders, so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil’s trap. 1 Timothy 3:7

Reputation is how other people see a person. What type of person do they see when they look at someone? What is his character like?

Reputations can be good or bad. Some can be positive reputations that every loves, or they can be negative ones that people hate.

Every person has a reputation of some sort. It can be seen in how they act and react to different situations. There are people who are known to get angry every time when they begin to talk about politics. Others may always be generous with time, or money. Some may have the reputation of being a talker.

Although Paul is talking specifically about someone who is going to be an overseer, the rule can be applied to every believer. Believers are to have a good reputation with outsiders, with people who are outside the belief in Jesus.

As Jesus walked on this earth, He had a good reputation with all people. He was known for being loving, kind, and generous. He was known to heal and forgive. Whether a person believed in Him or not, people knew who He was and what He was like.

Believers in the church do not always have a good reputation with people outside the church. Some are extremely judgmental. Others are stingy with their money and not giving. Many employers will state that believers are thought of to be lazy and not giving their best effort at work. Churches are often closed off to outsiders. People inside the church have their own little cliques that they stay in, and refuse to let others in.

These types of actions push people away from God and Jesus. They are falling into disgrace and into the devil’s trap to destroy the church and individual.

Find out what people think about you. What is your reputation with those outside the church?

Do people know you to be a believer, who is full of love, grace, mercy and truth?

Or do people see someone who says one thing and says or does something different?

Although reputation is not everything, it does mean something. It reveals how you are really living your life. Although the world may try to destroy you, they cannot deny who you are. What is your reputation to the world?

I pray today that your life will be like that of Jesus to this world; that people will know you are a follower of Jesus; that you will not do anything that will bring disgrace to God; and that many will know Jesus because of your actions and words.