READ: Proverbs 31:10-31
Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.
Virtue (goodness) is the personal trait that makes a person genuinely helpful. Virtue makes you do good to people and not evil. A virtuous woman does good to her husband and not evil.
The Bible says beauty is vain. It is only when virtue comes into a female that she does good to a man. Virtue is very different from beauty. Beauty is useless but virtue is valuable. When a person does good to someone he will be rewarded. Virtue makes a person hardworking, energetic and enterprising. The only person described as virtuous in the Bible is the virtuous woman of Proverbs 31. Her main characteristics were hard work and lots of industrious activity. She would rise up early, she would gird up her loins and she would make things happen for the whole household.
This cannot be said of many beautiful women whose principal achievement is to dress up and make themselves look more and more artificial. Their beauty is a façade and a cover up for their emptiness. Their enhanced appearance is a sign of the level of deception you must expect from such non-virtuous characters. You will have the greatest shocks when you are married to someone who has no virtue. You will be met by laziness and inactivity. You will also be met by the poor provision of food, sex and anything that doesn’t happen in the public eye. The virtuous woman of Proverbs 31 was more concerned about meeting the needs of her household than impressing outsiders. A virtuous woman is full of truth, reality and genuineness.
By Dag Heward-Mills.