Together in Christ: 'Declare Her Praise' — Proverbs 31:30

Thursday, November 14, 2024

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Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised. Reward her for all she has done. Let her deeds publicly declare her praise.
— Proverbs 31:30 NLT

Key Thought

How good are you at praising others?

How well do you affirm those in your family when they are worthy or need affirmation?

How often do you express your love, affection, and admiration for your marriage partner?

I am convinced that the sickening and addictive draw that seduces so many into doing anything for attention on social media is rooted both in human selfishness and our unwillingness in families to affirm the value of each other. Too many people today need the "likes" on social media to compensate for the lack of praise, tenderness, and affection from those they love.

This part of the message about the worthy woman of Proverbs 31 [1] falls at our feet as husbands and fathers. Yes, it is a call for all people to praise, reward, and declare the preciousness of good women. And yes, our culture still has a long way to go if we are going to value women as being full partners with men, precious people created in the image of God. [2] So, let's remedy that by learning some things we can do and say to help us obey our relationship verse for today.

When God affirmed His Son, Jesus, at the Lord's baptism, [3] God affirmed His relationship with Jesus, love for Jesus, and pleasure in Jesus. We can do this whether we are women or men. But those of us who are men need to prioritize this skill and follow the example of our Father in heaven, especially with our wives. We can find ways to let our marriage partner know we are delighted to be married, share a family, and build a life together with them — affirm our relationship. We can creatively, repetitively, tenderly, surprisingly, and consistently let our marriage partner know we love them — affirm our love. We can be sure and communicate our joy, pride, pleasure, and excitement for the good things our marriage partner does — affirm our pleasure. After all, husbands, God commanded us to praise and reward our wives with appreciation and love, even in public!

[1] Proverbs speaks often about finding a good wife. Not surprisingly, the collection of proverbs in our Bibles ends with Proverbs 31:10-31, describing a successful woman in family, commerce, management, virtue, and household issues. Far from the parochial, quiet, forgettable Christian woman caricature popularized in some churches and many cultures, Christian women played crucial roles in Jesus' ministry and early church ministry leadership (Romans 16:1-16) — notice that the group of women who supported Jesus' ministry financially (Luke 8:1-3) were the only disciples present through all of Jesus' Passion and the coming of the Spirit on the day of Pentecost when the Spirit anointed them as well as the apostles (Acts 1:14, 2:17-21).
[2] Genesis 1:26-27.
[3] Luke 3:21-22.

Today's Prayer

Father, thank You for showing us how to affirm those we love by the way You affirmed Jesus at His baptism. Open our eyes, dear Father, to see the opportunities to share our loving affirmation with those we love. Open our hearts, Holy Spirit, to take the love You pour into our hearts and let it overflow into the lives of those around us. And, O, God, please use me to help my Christian friends and congregation value and show our appreciation to the godly women You have used to bless us. Thank you, Jesus, for interceding for us as we share these requests with God. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Romans 16:1-16
  • Acts 16:11-15, 40

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Illustration of Proverbs 31:30 NLT — Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised. Reward her for all she has done. Let her deeds publicly declare her praise.

About This Devotional

Together in Christ is a daily devotional that focuses on what Scripture teaches about godly living in relationships.

'Together in Christ' is written by Phil Ware.

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