The Bible is not a book that is supposed to be a dust collector in our book shelf. It should be read often because in it we can find the true meaning of life and a help to live life. (Proverbs 4:20-27). It is a living word which means that although it was written some thousand years ago it is still applicable for our lives today, in the 21st century. A living word is also a word that gives life and that has breath. In John 6:63 Jesus says that the words he speaks are spirit and life. Life is not static but is constantly undergoing changes. The cells are being reformed, renewed, and transformed. That happens to us too as we continually read the Word of God. Since it is alive, we will be transformed and renewed all the time.
Rom 12:2 encourage us to let ourselves be renewed through the way we think. People of this world (= who has not receive Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour) easily jump into negative conclusions, easily (maybe unconsciously) following the famous Jantelagen where you think less of yourself and have no self-esteem. They follow the lust of the eyes, i.e. follow the feeling for the moment, take rash decisions, easily let go of their moral principles as soon as something more appealing shows up. It is described in 1 John 2:15-17.
If the Bible will be of help to us to live a life according to the will of God and not according to the world, then we need to get to know it. To get to know the people described in it. Their daily life experiences and situations are written down for us to gain knowledge from it, both from their mistakes and from their successes. The law, prophesies, psalms, proverbs, advises, commandments, all kinds of events etc are a precious treasure to us from God. A living Word that has a great impact in our lives.
In Proverbs 31:10-31 the Bible speaks about an extraordinary woman, a woman of excellence. She should be a role model for life for us women! I believe God has given us this name for our women prayer meetings because He wants us to know who we are before Him, what capacity we have because of having Jesus in our lives. (Phil 4:13) Everything is possible for the one who believes, Jesus says in Mark 9:23. Believe in what? In the weather report? The news papers? Mummy? No! Believing that everything Jesus says is true. So when He says we can do something we can do it, in Him and through Him. Everything He wants us to do we can do!
Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies. The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil. She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life. She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands. She is like the merchants' ships; she bringeth her food from afar. She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens. She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard. She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms. She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night. She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff. She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy. She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet. She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple. Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land. She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant. Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come. She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness. She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness. Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her. Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all. Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised. Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.
This woman in Proverbs has a great CV. The loving attitude she has towards her family, servants and friends can only come from an unselfish mind, to always consider others first. Read about this love in 1 Cor 13. This woman is not only a role model for married women but for every woman, for all ages. Let us read her story and see what we can learn from her life.
In verse 29 it says that many women have done many wonderful things before her, but this woman superseedes them all. Remember all the women before her mentioned in the Bible; Eve, Sarah, Rebecca, Ruth, Ester, Hilda, Abigail, Deborah etc. It is truly great words of recommendation from God to her. We have an amazing role model in her, she almost appears perfect. We might feel that we can not really meet up to all this. Remember the words of Jesus to us, that we shall be perfect as our Father in heaven is perfect (Matt 5:48). That seems even more difficult! It means that it should be our aim and goal, and keep on working towards it. Like cutting a full-lead crystal, clean out sin from our lives and then stay away from sin, let the Word of God richly dwell in us. = Sanctification. To let the life of God through His word, the Bible, conform and transform us to be more like Him. The Holy Spirit, the Spirit of God, the Spirit of Life (three name of the same Spirit) shall help us with this. (1 Thess 5:23). We are to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus. He is our first and foremost role model. (Hebr 12:2) He is the way the truth and the life!
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