Only Good

I just came across this passage the other day, and I have claimed it as my new life verse! While I’m not married at this time in my life, I have decided that – should the Lord decide to bless me in that way – I’d like to be the kind of wife described in Proverbs 31 (a passage of Scripture that I’ve mentioned on this blog before). However, for some reason, verse twelve of the chapter never really leapt out to me until recently; and in particular, I really like the rendering of the passage in the Amplified Classic translation:

She comforts, encourages, and does him only good as long as there is life within her.

Yes, that about sums it up, in my view. For that matter – and Lord willing – I’d like most every interaction that I have with a man to be characterized by such thoughtful consideration.

And as I may have mentioned here before, I have a strong personal conviction that it is not my place to tell a man what to do (although I’m happy to offer a well-considered opinion, if asked). Indeed, I tend to surface issues of concern in the form of a question – in my experience, such feedback is generally received much more positively that way.

Naturally, this approach can present its own challenges, as I am a woman of strong and varied opinions on lots of topics, and almost always have a thought to share. However, if I’m reading this verse correctly, then the Proverbs 31 mindset is characterized more by an attitude of the heart – and letting godly wisdom be my guide – rather than being driven by the need to be right or to have the last word in a conversation.

So, as I said, this is my new life verse. Or one of them, anyway! 😀 And if, for some reason, you ever feel that something I write here fails to accord with the principles outlined in this verse from Proverbs, then simply call me out on it. To me, accountability is extremely important, so I invite your constructive and thoughtful feedback, should you ever get the impression that I have strayed from this biblical mandate.

Have a blessed week!

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13 thoughts on “Only Good

  1. “then the Proverbs 31 mindset is characterized more by an attitude of the heart – and letting godly wisdom be my guide – rather than being driven by the need to be right or to have the last word in a conversation.” This statement right here is exactly my challenge. It’s odd you mention proverbs 31 because I’m learning about her through the Bible app study plans. Yes, God and I have work to do. Lol! 🙏🏼 thank you!

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    1. Not odd at all – I think it shows that perhaps te Lord is teaching us a similar lesson. I’ve found that it happens that the Lord will show me a verse, and another blogger (usually Margaret or Joseph0 will just “happen” to publish a post with the same passage or topic. Coincidence? I think not. 😉

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    1. Thanks Ryan! It makes me wonder – if we all (in terms of our society/culture) made more of an effort to be respectful of one another, how different our world might be…?

      God bless you as well, dear brother in the Lord!

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  2. “Good” is not always pleasant and clean. Sometimes “good” is messy and hurtful. We must always speak the truth in love, but even God, Who is the essence of Good, allows the messes that result. As we are obedient, we then give it to God. Pr 4.7, “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding” As we seek Him, He will guide us into all wisdom and goodness.
    I do appreciate your Godly perspectives.

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    1. Very true. I was talking more about the manner in which we provide feedback, rather than the feedback itself. My goal here is to be respectful, but to not be a doormat for anybody! We can respectfully agree, respectfully disagree, and respectfully listen to one another. This is the perspective thatI I am trying to hold.

      And yes, I too have found that God’s definition of “good” often looks quite different than how we think it should look! “Good” and “complicated” often can be found traveling down the same road, and not very far apart from one another, either!

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      1. That is exactly what I gleaned from your (respectful) perspective! 😊
        “‘Good’ and ‘complicated’ often can be found traveling down the same road, and not very far apart from one another, either!” Ha! You’re so right!

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