True Beauty

Proverbs 31:1
“The words of King Lemuel, the utterance which his mother taught him . . .”

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Proverbs 31 is a section of Scripture most often taught at women’s conferences or retreats, because it goes to great length describing a virtuous woman. A more careful look will reveal this passage was actually instructions to the King, by his mother. It was her attempt to teach him how to find a godly wife. We find not only the characteristics that a virtuous woman ought to pursue, but also the traits a godly man should be looking for in a wife.

Each year a variety of media outlets declare their list of most attractive woman on the planet. In each case, it is the physical characteristics that are focused upon, without mention of true character. The king’s mother reminds him of the need to look beyond the surface, at true beauty.

Proverbs 31:30
“Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing,
But a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.”

I have always been struck by the fact that, in her 70′s, Sarah was still considered beautiful by the king of Egypt. Thinking she was the sister of Abraham, he pursued a relationship with her. Years later, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, Peter declares Sarah’s true beauty. He describes her as being chaste, gentle and one who feared the Lord (1Peter 3:1-6). While physical beauty is the first thing we notice in another, character and godliness are the traits that will last.

Men need to be careful not to be drawn to a women’s passing beauty, while ignoring true godliness. Women need to be careful not to rate their beauty above things that really matter in the kingdom of God. All the lighting, camera angles, and airbrushing cannot replace godliness or true virtue. Let’s not look at the latest fashion magazine as a mirror, but to the Word of God, so we become people who fear the Lord.

Pastor Jim

Questions for Proverbs 30 
Agur is considered by many to be another name for Solomon. 
1. Take a moment to consider the question found in verse four, and then give the Biblical answer. 

2. What do we learn about the Word of God from verses 5-6? 

3. Examine the prayer found in verses 7-9, what do you notice. 

4. Choose a favorite verse from this chapter and write out your thoughts on how to apply it to your life. 



Old Testament:
Malachi 3- Solid Gold
Malachi 4- Sound Of Silence

3 thoughts on “True Beauty

  1. mwd1991 December 31, 2021 / 5:50 am

    The questions are the same as yesterday pastor Jim. Maybe intentionally? Haha 😟

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  2. libalina December 31, 2021 / 6:46 am

    Questions are yesterday’s. Happy and Healthy New Year! Carol

    Sent from my iPad

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  3. mwd1991 December 31, 2021 / 1:29 pm

    1. Explain the warning given to Lemuel by his mother in verse 3.

    “Do not give your strength to women,
nor your ways to that which destroys kings.” (Proverbs 31:3)

    In my opinion, King Lemuels mother doesn’t want her son to succumb to addiction; she isn’t against her son finding love or a romance. If she were, I don’t think she would begin to describe the qualities of a virtuous woman later on in the proverb.

    2. What is the clothing of a virtuous woman?

    “She makes tapestry for herself;
her clothing is fine linen and purple.”

    A virtuous woman is intelligent and capable. She can make something beautiful and noble under even the worst circumstances.

    3. Describe the meaning of verse 21.

    “She is not afraid of snow for her household, for all her household is clothed with scarlet.” (Proverbs 31:21)

    A virtuous woman does not panic when facing difficult or stressful circumstances. Instead, she continues to provide the best she possibly can for her family under the protection of God.

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