The Virtuous Woman

Proverbs 31:10-31 — Where to find a virtuous woman. An imperfect Proverbs 31 husband praises his imperfect Proverbs 31 wife.

Can you find silver Mexican peso?

You won’t get one going to a bank, even a bank in Mexico. Neither will you find one in the change you receive from purchasing something at a store, even a store in Mexico. And I doubt you would find one by going to any major city in the world, standing on a busy street corner, and asking 50 passersby if they have one in their pocket. (You probably wouldn’t find any by asking 50,000 passersby!)

But I can find one!

It’s all in looking in the right places. for a virtuous woman

But never mind a silver Mexican peso. What about this next “item”?

“Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies” (Proverbs 31:10).

I can!

And again, it’s all in looking in the right places. Read it all

The Delusion of Strong Drink

Proverbs 23:17-35 — strong drink may not be your delusion, but what about other sin?

What is temperance? And does it apply to strong drink…or any other sin?

In scrounging through my cranial thesaurus for a synonym for temperance, I quickly came up with moderation. I queried my computer thesaurus and it agreed. Upon a bit further reflection, though, I concluded that “exercising moderation” is an incomplete and potentially misleading definition of temperance.

Let’s look at two extremes. Indulgence allows me to be unrestrained in what I think, speak, and do. Abstinence causes me to avoid certain thoughts, words, and deeds. Indulgence requires no self-control; abstinence requires lots of it. Few things in life should be indulged. Quite a few things in life should be avoided. However, many things in life require something other than indulgence or abstinence. That’s where moderation comes in.

Moderation allows me to think, speak, and do things in a measured and limited manner, not overdoing them. In some ways, that may require even more self-control than abstinence. For example, it is far easier for me not to eat sweets than it is for me to eat sweets in moderation. If I don’t get started, I don’t have to try to stop. If I mean to eat only one cookie, it is difficult for me not to have a bar or a cinnamon roll or a marshmallow while I’m at it. So doing something in moderation may require huge quantities of self-control.

Is Temperance Moderation?

So where does temperance fit into the picture? Read it all

The Deceitfulness of Riches

Proverbs 11:24-28; 23:1-8; 30:7-9 — Do not be bewitched by the deceitfulness of riches!

The mentality that Biblical principles are meant to be used to become wealthy on earth has to be reprehensible to God. Such a concept defies the following statements:

“There is a sore evil which I have seen under the sun, namely, riches kept for the owners thereof to their hurt” (Ecclesiastes 5:13).

“Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal” (Matthew 6:19,20).

“Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you” (James 5:1).

“But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows” (1 Timothy 6:9,10).

“No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon” (Luke 16:13).

Why should I want to gain material stuff to keep for increasing my wealth? Why should I Read it all

Above all, love God!