The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

May 17, 2014

INSTANT MESSAGE: The wife of a noble character

By CRAIG HARRIS
Palestine Herald-Press

Proverbs 31: 10-12, 30-31 (NIV): 10 A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies. 11 Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value. 12 She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life ... 30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised. 31 Give her the reward she has earned, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.

The most important decision a man will ever make, next to his salvation, is who he chooses for his wife. A woman can make a man's life better or she can make it much worse.

The wife in this chapter brings comfort to her husband. She is more valuable than anything else in his life. She continually brings him goodness. He trusts her and has full confidence in her. This means everything to a man.

A good wife will be a good steward of the home's finances. She may or may not work outside the home, but she looks for bargains and is careful with her spending. She isn't lazy. She cooks and cleans and takes care of the children.

Yes, the man should help with these chores, but she takes care of her house and makes sure everything is running smoothly. And she is compassionate, giving to needy families and sacrificing for others.

Physical beauty is fleeting, but a woman's true value comes from her respect for God. I pray there will always be women who love and respect God. Women who have good character.

    Our response, as husbands and children and grandchildren, should be to praise the women in our lives. We should honor and respect them and remember to say thanks for all they do. This is what Mother's Day is all about.

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Autographed copies of Craig's fiction novel “The Dead Peasants File” are for sale at Blaser's Books in downtown Palestine. Harris is the pastor at Brushy Creek and Mt. Vernon United Methodist churches.