Women play a vital role in shaping, enlightening, and healing the world. They can bridge the gap, can cure a wounded heart, and can extinguish a fire. They can serve as a mariner’s compass and a traveler’s light. The worth and honor of a woman are not embodied in her beauty, not in her knowledge, not even in her earthly possessions or in wealth but in the characteristics she possesses and exhibits. Praised will always be the product of the noble and godly characteristics of a woman. A wife of noble character is her husband’s crown, but a disgraceful wife is like decay in his bones. (Proverbs 12:4)
Who Is The Woman Worthy Of Praised?
1.The Submissive One
Wives, in the same way submit yourselves to your own husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives, when they see the purity and reverence of your lives. Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to adorn themselves. They submitted themselves to their own husbands, like Sarah, who obeyed Abraham and called him her lord. You are her daughters if you do what is right and do not give way to fear. (1 Peter 3:1-6 NIV)
Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything. (Ephesians 5:22-24 NIV)
Peter in his letter urged Christian wives to submit to their husbands to win the soul of the unbelieving husbands. They should possess the unfading beauty, the beauty inside liked the holy women of the past did. Peter eyed Sarah, Abraham’s wife as an example of a submissive woman.
Paul also in his letter to the Ephesians, urged Christian wives to submit to their husbands as they did to the Lord for the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body. Submission must be observed as the church submits to Christ. He also urged Colossian wives to submit to their husbands as is fitting in the Lord (Colossians 3:18).
The wicked Jezebel is lording over Ahab, the king of Israel, and the entire kingdom. The so-called Jezebel’s spirit will not submit to any authority. There are factors why some women will not submit to the authority of men. Some of these factors were knowledge and education, earnings, social positions, abilities and skills, and the like. This factor elevates women’s thoughts and fuelled a desire to rule and stubbornly will not submit to the authority of men. Submission denotes obedience, humility, gentleness, and having a quiet spirit. Submission is a noble and godly character of a woman worthy of praised.
2.The Courageous One
Then Esther sent this reply to Mordecai: “Go, gather together all the Jews who are in Susa, and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my attendants will fast as you do. When this is done, I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish.” So Mordecai went away and carried out all of Esther’s instructions (Esther 4:15-17 NIV).
A Jewish orphan named Esther became a substitute queen of king Xerxes of Persia and Media (Esther 2:17). When a plot (Esther 3:6) that turned into edict (Esther 3:12-14) to wipe out all the Jews in the kingdom threatened the existence of God’s people, the courageous Esther steps forward to rescue her people from destruction even if it cost her life. According to the law, death is the reward of anyone who will approach the king without being called unless the king extends the gold scepter to them and spare their lives (Esther 4:11). A fearless words from a fearless woman, “And if I perish, I perish.”
A brave woman will stand in the gap for the needs of the needy whatever the cost might be. Their bold heart will not stay on the sideline of self-centeredness. Courage can go a longer distance with noble and right motives and desires. It will accomplish pleasing things in the eyes of God. Courage to love and care than to neglect, courage to forgive than to hate, courage to deny oneself for the Lord than self-value, courage to fight for what is right than what is wrong, courage to set an example of godliness than worldliness, courage to obey the will of God than to obey the will of man, is far more rewarding than lodging in the arena of weakness and fear. Courage is an important characteristic of a woman worthy of praise.
3.The Wise One
The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down. (Proverbs 14:1)
Houses and wealth are inherited from parents, but a prudent wife is from the LORD. (Proverbs 19:14 NIV)
David said to Abigail, “Praise be to the LORD, the God of Israel, who has sent you today to meet me. May you be blessed for your good judgment and for keeping me from bloodshed this day and from avenging myself with my own hands. Otherwise, as surely as the LORD, the God of Israel, lives, who has kept me from harming you, if you had not come quickly to meet me, not one male belonging to Nabal would have been left alive by daybreak.” Then David accepted from her hand what she had brought him and said, “Go home in peace. I have heard your words and granted your request.” (1 Samuel 25:32-35 NIV)
Abigail is described as an intelligent and beautiful woman (1 Samuel 25:3). Her wisdom pacified a monster’s anger and extinguished the blazing fire of death that will fall on her household due to her husband’s wicked action. When she knew the incoming disaster (1 Samuel 25:14-17), she quickly acted with prudence to stop the damage, loss, and dreadful destruction (1 Samuel 25:18-31). Her wise words and actions overcome David’s fury.
Proverbs speak that a wise wife is a gift from God and a wise woman build while the foolish one tears her house down. Relationships and households are broken due to a lack of wise judgment not just from men but also from women. The debris of the hurt is sometimes the evidence of the foolishness and weaknesses of a woman. A woman should be wise by living according to God’s ethical standards. A wise one exhibits purity than sensuality, godliness than worldliness, responsibility than negligence, love, and faithfulness than deceit, reverence than arrogance (Proverbs 31:10-31). Living a life God wants us to live in is the most prudent thing a soul can do. Wisdom is an excellent characteristic of a woman worthy of praise.
4.The Constant One
At this they wept aloud again. Then Orpah kissed her mother-in-law goodbye, but Ruth clung to her. “Look,” said Naomi, “your sister-in-law is going back to her people and her gods. Go back with her.” But Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the LORD deal with me, be it ever so severely, if even death separates you and me.” When Naomi realized that Ruth was determined to go with her, she stopped urging her. (Ruth 1:14-18 NIV)
Ruth’s constancy overpowered Naomi’s plea to go back to her mother’s house, unlike Orpah’s decision. No turning back and till death do us part decision clothes Ruth’s heart and mind. The bitter experiences in life never moved the steadfast attachment and love of Ruth to leave Naomi. The constant will of Ruth swallowed the uncertainties of life.
Broken relationships most of the time are the evidence of the absence of constancy. Separation, annulment, and divorce flourish in our society due to unfaithfulness and lack of steadfastness of one or both parties. Christian women and wives must align themselves in the path of righteousness. Constancy in faith, love, and commitment is necessary for a successful, blissful, and meaningful relationship between God and man, and between man and woman. Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways (Proverbs 4:26). Constancy is a noble and profitable characteristic of a woman worthy of praise.
Most women wants to be respected and honoured but only the praiseworthy one can have it. Arrogance, fear, foolishness, unfaithfulness, and the like will keep women from commendation and honor. A noble and godly lifestyle and characteristics of a woman will be the key to unbox the compartment of honor and praise.
Rosualdo Ponce (author) from Gawad Kalinga Village Ticad, Bantayan, Cebu, Philippines on July 25, 2021:
Thank you James for the compliment. Women’s unfading beauty is a magnet to Christ.
James C Moore from Joliet, IL on July 21, 2021:
Truth that need be told. I know women whose examples have caused unbelieving husbands to come to Christ. Good article.