Force, strength, army, wealth, virtue, and valor. These are all Biblical definitions for the word “virtuous”. Would you say you are virtuous? Would others say that about you? This term is found three times in the entire Bible and in each instance it is referring to a woman (Ruth 3:11, Proverbs 12:4, Proverbs 31:10). We write it on our t-shirts, and put it on our church banners and mugs. We seek to behave virtuous, dress virtuous and talk virtuous. We have made it an important part of our Christian life. Sometimes this can cause women to feel excluded who don’t know the talk, the dress, or way of life. However, did you know that the word “virtuous” is mentioned no where in the New Testament? Why? Is it no longer important to be a virtuous woman? No, that’s not the case. What happens in the New Testament is a beautiful display of God’s love for every woman, no matter who she is or where she comes from. Things forever changed when Jesus stepped on the scene. Because of Jesus we no longer have to strive to be virtuous, we are virtuous through Him. Jesus has been made unto us wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption. So no matter how you feel, or what you’ve done, or how you’ve lived in the past, it’s who you are in Jesus that matters. He becomes what we are striving to imitate and follow. No longer is the Proverbs 31 woman our goal in life, but Jesus is. When we discover who we are in Jesus, the Holy Spirit begins to reveal to us just how strong and mighty, treasure-filled and enriched, beautiful and brave we are in Him. He graces us, empowers us, completes us, and makes our lives right. Jesus takes virtuous to a whole new level!
“God has united you with Christ Jesus. For our benefit God made him to be wisdom itself. Christ made us right with God; he made us pure and holy, and he freed us from sin.” (1 Corinthians 1:30 NLT)
Prayer: Father, thank You for helping me to be more like Jesus. Through Him I am wise, righteous, pure, and redeemed. No matter my past mistakes or the people that try to tell me what I’m not, because of Your Son, I am virtuous. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
A sincere thank you to our Daughters of the King Daily Devotional Writers.