Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies. –Proverbs 31:10
In the previous post, we established that a woman of virtue is a woman who possesses moral and ethical standards, and a woman with an honest and righteous character.
What is character? There are several definitions. At it’s base, character is simply a feature or characteristic notable to an individual. An individual can have a character of integrity; then again one can portray a malicious, deceitful character.
But a woman with a righteous or godly character is a woman of virtue. A woman of Godly character knows how to love and sacrifice for someone else. There are many women of virtue in the bible. Sarah (Abraham’s wife), Rebekah (Abraham’s daugther-in-law), Queen Esther and Deborah (the judge of Israel) to name a few. But a notable woman of Godly character in a very profound and powerful way is Ruth.
As a famine devoured the crop and bread in Israel, Naomi and her husband moved to Moab. While there, their two sons married Ruth and Orpah but shortly therefore, Naomi husband died. Shortly after that, Ruth and Orpah husbands died. Leaving two young widows with Naomi, a widow herself!.
Naomi strongly encouraged her daughters-in law to return back to their homes. Orpah left, but Ruth stayed. Ruth had lost everything! Her husband, and the security that came with that, and she would have to move to a new country, where she didn’t know the people. Yet Ruth stayed and cared for Naomi for the rest of her life. And during that time God blessed Ruth tremendously with a husband who was a community leader and a son.
With no incentives, money, wealth, fortune or security to gain from being with Naomi, Ruth still went on and stayed with Naomi. Ruth had nothing to gain, she simply loved Naomi. Then again character is traits that are authentic to an individual. How they live in secret or public, how they live whether they possess money or not.
Character is who we are when everything prominent has been strip away.
A Woman of Virtue AND Character.
Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. –Ruth 1:16
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