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Acting Virtuous

Daily Inspiration from Proverbs 31 P. 506 – Acting Virtuous

Proverbs 31: King James Bible

Acting Virtuous – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter thirty one, Verse 29


29 Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.

Daily Inspiration from This Verse – Acting Virtuous


Who is more virtuous than the virtuous woman? Evidently she is head and shoulders above others who have done virtuously throughout their lives.

What is the difference between her and other daughters who have been acting virtuous?

It’s possible that she does things differently than they. Maybe some of them were “kind of” virtuous in their ways while she had it nailed down. We’ve got no real information to be able to judge why this is so, except for one clue.

Many Daughters Have Done

I believe that this word “Done” is the clue we need, to determine what the division is between the woman of virtue, and the many daughters who also display virtuous qualities.

When people do something, it doesn’t necessarily define who they are, or why they’re doing it. Some of the most dastardly, wicked, God hating, malicious, people can partake in acts of virtue.

Though they do things that give the appearance of virtue, doesn’t make them virtuous. However, as common every day people, we have no real way of determining what’s going on inside someone who is behaving virtuously.

We can make educated guesses, move on hunches, or discern by way of other avenues of information about a person that would sway our understanding, into why someone does something of virtue.

We See the Surface

But what we can’t do, is peer into someone else’s heart. The more I think about it, the more I praise God for that.

Sure, it would be nice to peer into someone’s heart to know what their intent is from time to time. This would be great when it comes to a contest of trust. Selecting a babysitter, hiring someone for a position, knowing whether or not someone intends to keep their word when they tell you they’ll pay you back, etc…

But don’t we have enough problems contending with the contents of our own hearts, than to think it would be a good idea to peer into someone else’s? This is why I praise the Lord for my personal lack of his ability.

What a terrible thing it would be despite the benefits. The sorrows and woes would be heartbreaking. Also, this would mean that your heart would be on display as well. Think on that for a moment and determine if you’d still want this to be in our toolbox of abilities.

God Weighs people by their Heart

The heart of a person is the Lord’s territory. This is his department, not ours.

We’re responsible in matters of influencing the heart of others through our actions, words, faithfulness, trustworthiness, and putting on a genuine display of the fruit of the Spirit. The Father on the other hand, is the only one qualified to judge the heart of someone else.

This is why I believe the Lord is our narrator in this verse. He can peer into the heart of the virtuous woman, and see plainly that her heart is in alignment with all of her actions. Her reasoning is pure and admirable.

He can also see into the hearts of the other daughters that have done virtuously, but find them wanting of virtue. Sure, he sees what they’ve done, but he can dig in and find out why they performed virtuously.

Maybe they had to rather than wanted to. Or they did well, yet resented it. Or they did it through vanity or other prideful purposes: “Hey world, look how virtuous I am!”

Whatever the situation could be, if their heart doesn’t line up with the actions, then there’s a disconnect. We may not be able to see it, but the Father can.

The Bride of Christ

As the Bride of Christ being represented by the virtuous woman, we need to understand our place. Though the Saints are all knit together in Christ, we are not placed in the position to judge others as we may judge ourselves.

Just because of the presence of Jesus being a reality in our lives, doesn’t give us authority over the Father, and does not qualify us to take things from him that he has reserved for himself.

Condemnation, judging the hearts of others, vengeance, to name a few, have all been established as off limits through the Word of the Lord. Knowing this, we should only be concerned with the contents of our own hearts, making sure that we’re personally right with the Father, before thinking that it’s a good idea to weigh in on someone else.

If all of us through the Spirit of the Lord kept our own hearts in check, we’d make a positive impact on the hearts of those around us, simply by that virtue.

 

Related New Testament Scripture


Matthew 5: King James Bible

8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

Matthew 6: King James Bible

21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

Matthew 9: King James Bible

4 And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, Wherefore think ye evil in your hearts?

Matthew 12: King James Bible

34 O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.

Matthew 15: King James Bible

8 This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.

Luke 8: King James Bible

15 But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.

Luke 16: King James Bible

13 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. 14 And the Pharisees also, who were covetous, heard all these things: and they derided him. 

15 And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.

Acts 5: King James Bible

3 But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land? 4 Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God.

5 And Ananias hearing these words fell down, and gave up the ghost: and great fear came on all them that heard these things.

Prayer


Father,

Thank you for your Word and for giving us clues that allow us to dig far deeper into it than what would naturally be assumed. Help us to do all things in spirit and in truth, and we ask that our hearts be aligned with your Word, your will, and your own heart. Help us to use discernment yet be wise with the information that you’ve given us. If any of us harbor undesirable traits that cause for us to want in the virtue department, make it plain in our eyes, and teach us what we need to either pray or do, in order for our hearts to be right by you. We pray for your personal involvement in our heart’s development while we walk on the path that you’ve set our feet upon. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.

Amen

Question


When you have the occasion, are you acting virtuous or being virtuous?

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