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4 Traits of a Godly Woman

Pray1This coming Sunday is Mother’s Day. As it approaches, I’m thankful for the godly women in my life. I’m thankful for my wife who stands beside me, and works with me in ministry.

Then there’s my grandmother – the first in her family to come to Christ and my mother, who faithfully made us attend church whenever the doors were open. Lastly, my daughters, who have now picked up the torch of Christ and continue our legacy of faith.

What is it that qualifies a woman as “godly?”

Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good.
Titus 2:3

I believe that by using the word older here, Paul is talking about older in the faith. It’s someone who has experience in serving God.

1. Godly women seek maturity.

This should come naturally in our walk with the Lord. It should always be our goal to grow up in Christ. It’s normal for a child to want adulthood.

The word reverent is interesting in the above verse. In the Greek it’s a compound word. The first part of it means to be outwardly consecrated to God, sacred. In a way, it’s one step down from holiness. The word emphasizes the outward look.

2. Godly women live for Christ outwardly.

There’s an outward display of godliness. Can people tell that you’re dedicated to God by your actions, your words, or the way you work? Is there an outward show of Christ? The faith of a godly woman should be obvious to those around her.

The second part of the compound word means to tower up.

It’s one thing to be dedicated to God. It’s another to “tower up” for God. A tower assumes that you’re higher than the surrounding landscape. A tower is conspicuous.

3. Godly women live for Christ unhidden.

Jesus talked about us living for Him like a city on a hill.

“If I live like that I’ll be noticed.”

That’s how we are to live. This requires us to be careful in what we say and do. You have to count the cost of this type of lifestyle. I’m talking about living radically for Christ.

The last thing I see in the above verse is the phrase, in the way they live. It literally says the position or condition of their life. The grace you receive from God is always based on position. You need to be in the position of building up a tower of outward consecration to God.

4. Godly women are positioned to build.

She is building a life sold out to the Lord. But she is also building up the faith of those around her. The foundation is Christ. The rest of the materials come from her obedience to the call of God that’s upon her.

Praise the Lord for the example and faithfulness of godly women in the body of Christ.

Questions: Who are the godly women in your life? How will you honor them this Mother’s Day?

© Nick Zaccardi 2014

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Posted by on May 9, 2014 in Encouragement, The Church

 

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The Fear of the Lord

Lightning 3What does that mean?  Should I be afraid of God?  Is He watching for any slip so He can zap me?

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.
Proverbs 1:7

The fear of the Lord is misunderstood by many people.  I have talked to Christians who were so very afraid that they would mess up even a little.  They think that God is watching them so closely that if they make the smallest mistake, they will be penalized severely.

Fortunately that’s not what it means to walk in the fear of the Lord.  The best illustration I ever saw was a show about people who cut diamonds for a living.  The show chronicled the diamond from when it went on the auction block to when it’s stones ended up in the fine jewelry shop.

The winning bid was about 3 million dollars for this large diamond.  The jeweler was sure that he could more than triple the value by the way he cut it up into smaller stones.  What happened next surprised me.  I expected him to immediately begin the process of cutting the diamond.  Instead, he took the first three months to simply study the diamond.  He basically stared at the diamond for hours a day, making notes, drawings, and plans for the cuttings he would perform.  With a stone that valuable, he didn’t want to do anything that would ruin it.

That is a picture of the fear of the Lord.  I am not afraid that God is going to get upset at me and hurt me.  On the contrary, my relationship with God is so important to me that I fear anything coming to disrupt it.  It is so valuable to me that I don’t want to ruin it.  I want to walk before God in such a way that our fellowship grows daily.

Cultivate a true fear of the Lord.  Meditate upon how valuable it is to be in relationship with Him.  Then let that attitude motivate you to live a reverent life before Him.

© Nick Zaccardi 2012

 
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Posted by on March 26, 2012 in Daily Thoughts

 

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