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!