CHARACTERISTICS OF A GODLY WOMAN

Let’s delve in a little deeper into the Book of Ruth to see what some of Ruth’s character traits were.

We can see that Ruth’s reputation preceded her. Boaz had heard how she left her homeland to go with her mother-in-law and care for her.

We discover she took refuge under the wing of Boaz’s God (we would be wise to choose a mate that serves the same God as we do).

We learn that Ruth communicated with Boaz and asked to continue to find favor in his eyes (she didn’t play coy and pretend she wasn’t interested).

We discern that she was a hard worker; she started early in the morning and gleaned into the evening.

Lastly, we see Ruth was a caretaker, provider, and giver.

Ruth had to do something to let Boaz know she was interested in him as a husband. Read Ruth 3: 3-13

First of all, she cleaned herself up, put on perfume, and put on her best clothes. Men are visual, ladies. So if we expect to meet our ‘Boaz’ we need to make sure we are neat and clean, smell good, and look our best.

Ruth put on her best clothes to go to a threshing floor.

We should look our best when we go to the market – we just might meet our Boaz at the grocers or gas station.

Ruth was obedient, submissive, and followed the advice of her mother-in-law. She approached Boaz quietly when she made her entrance. She didn’t go to the threshing floor talking or singing loudly. We learn Ruth was humble but assertive. She didn’t just say her name when Boaz asked, “Who are you?”

She reminded him of his status as her guardian-redeemer. But, there was one conflict, there was another guardian-Redeemer more closely related than Boaz…

Last but not least, Ruth had a good reputation.

Boaz said all of the people in the town knew she was of noble character.

Ladies, can we learn anything from Ruth?

“Stay here for the night, and in the morning if he wants to do his duty as your guardian-redeemer, good; let him redeem you. But if he is not willing, as surely as the Lord lives I will do it. Lie here until morning.” Ruth 3: 13

NOTE: The picture is of my mother who was a godly and virtuous woman of God.

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