A woman with godly swag, the way in which she presents herself, exudes faithfulness.
She is faithful in body, mind and deed.
King Solomon wrote a whole book about a flamboyant display of love between lovers. A wife is her husbands lover. A wise woman will never jeopardize her husbands trust in her. His heart safely trusts that she reserves her greatest display of love for him and him alone.
A woman of godly swag is also faithful in mind. She allows no evil thoughts against him to take root. She keeps her thoughts pure.
"captive every thought
to make it obedient to Christ."
~2 Corinthians 10:5~
Her faithfulness toward her husband includes thinking on things that are
anything excellent and praiseworthy."
She thinks only things that are true.
Sometimes the truth hurts. Her husband is a sinner. He will not always do what is right. That is the truth.
But, a faithful minded woman, instead of reacting in anger or disappointment, applies God's word.
She examines the facts, feels the hurt,....yes, feels the hurt....but through Jesus, responds in faithful forgiveness, extending grace toward her husband.
That is hard. Very hard. But, she knows this to be true:
"I can do all things through Christ
who strengthens me."
A godly wife also displays faithfulness through her deeds.
She offers generous hospitality to her husband without grumbling. When she speaks, she does so as though she were speaking the very words of God. (1 Peter 4:9-11)
"She speaks with wisdom,
and faithful instruction is always on her tongue."
She is dependable. Her husband and family know she is capable of accomplishing many tasks, because she uses her time wisely and efficiently. She is reliable and uncomplaining.
A woman, faithful in her work, manages her household with dedication and orderliness, while maintaining a realistic expectation of those around her.
She is never idle, but always present, both emotionally and physically.
Parking on the couch, glued to social media is idleness. While she may still be present in body, social media allows her to leave her home emotionally, leaving room for the enemy to work his evil presence into her home.
It is vital to stay present minded, fully dedicated to her most important ministry - her marriage and family.
So, she girds her waist with a sash of faithfulness and a belt of righteousness. I love the KJV of the next two verses:
"And righteousness shall be the girdle of [her] loins,
and faithfulness the girdle of [her] reins."
"gird up the loins of your mind,
be sober, and hope to the end
for the grace that is to be brought to you"
~1 Peter 1:13~
Gird. That word is often read in the Old Testament. It means to strap on securely. When armies headed out to battle they would gird on their swords. This meant they would strap them on three times, making them secure for battle.
A wife, girded in faithfulness, is one who leaves no room for the enemy to invade her heart and home.
So, go strap on your weapons, ladies. Be girded in heart, soul and mind.
No one else will fight as hard or as effectively for your husband as you. The one appointed by God to minister to his heart.
Gird up, ladies.
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