This passage teaches us about the character and work of a godly woman. These virtues are to be admired, honored, recognized, and encouraged by godly men; and emulated, respected, and pursued by godly women.
I. The Value of a Godly Woman (vv. 10-12)
A. She is rare
B. She is Measured by the Man
II. The Behavior of the Godly Woman (vv. 13-26)
A. Home Maker (vv. 13-15)
B. Economical (vv. 16-18)
C. Selfless (vv. 19-21)
D. Profitable (vv. 22-24)
E. Sober-Minded (vv. 25-27)
III. The Praise of a Godly Woman (vv. 28-31)
A. Praise of Children and Husband
B. General Commendation
Questions For Application
1. What does this society value in womanhood? In what ways do the virtues given in Proverbs 31 agree with society? In what ways do the values disagree with our current society?
2. In what ways has your mother (or mother-in-law, or step-mom, or whatever may be the case), embodied some of these virtues? How can you express gratitude and thanksgiving to her?
3. How can you encourage the women in our local church to grow in these characteristics? What are specific ways we help each other grow in this area?
4. If you are a single woman, how can these principles guide you toward greater Christian maturity? If you are a single man, how can these principles shape your principles in dating/courtship?
5. If you are a younger married woman and/or mother, in what areas might you need improvement?
– Don’t pretend like you know it all, or know it better. The bottom line is that there are some women who are proven.
– How can you learn from the example of more seasoned saints? When is the last time you learned from a proven Proverbs 31 woman? Husbands, how can you encourage your wife to grow in these areas?
6. If you are a proven Proverbs 31 woman, how can you take your life’s experience and pass it on to the next generation? How would you describe your relationship with the younger generation?
The Excellent Wife
Pastor Mark Pakingan