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by pamela spurling

Proverbs 31.10 says, "Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies."

I have been thinking about this a lot and I have written to you about this.. As Christian women, we have a reputation to maintain… and I tell you of this quite often. I have your reputation to protect. Wherever you go, you in some manner, make an impression on the people with whom you spend time even in a brief moment. It’s funny how even relative strangers feel they think they know a person and if they know that woman is a Christian, they think they know what all Christian women are like... and amazingly, it mainly depends on appearance and attitude or behavior. How can I say this with confidence?

Think about people you have met that represent a company or an organization… many times your impression of that whole company or organization is based solely on your perception of that individual. Whatever their appearance, whatever their behavior, that is the impression that will define that group or company for you. Have you found this to be so? I know that many times I will not return to a store because of the attitude, appearance, or behavior of an employee and I think I even subconsciously decide I don’t like the whole chain for that reason. Yes, I know it’s silly---but it’s true! Maybe you are like this, too. There was a thread here… lemme see if I can pick it up again… So, again, reputation… are you mindful of how your appearance or behavior is affecting the reputation of other sisters in the LORD? You may think it doesn’t matter what others think---and you’re right… we are not going to be able to please all the people all of the time, but stop and think for a minute if you are careless about the way you dress or the way you speak to strangers or how you treat your husband, the watching world is taking note and they are forming an impression. Of You? Well, yes, but that’s not the most important thing… Of your sisters in the LORD? Well, yes, but that’s not the most important thing. How about your husband? His reputation is worth protecting, isn’t it? And even though that’s important, and I talk about that in just a moment, the most important---even crucial, is that you are an "advertisement" for the LORD.

You portray to the watching world what a Christian woman looks like, you represent a Christian woman’s behavior. Is that sobering to you? It is to me. It is because I can recall more events than I care to remember, where my behavior didn’t line up with the precious Word of God. Actually more times than I’m even aware of, my behavior or attitude doesn’t line up with what God’s Word says about me. So I pray often that the LORD would make me a virtuous woman---that He would work in my life to paint portrait of a godly woman. I desire that when other look at me, they would see Jesus.

We listened to the Abbas family sing in church last evening, it was all so beautiful, but one song in particular has stayed with me; the words to the chorus go like this: "Hide me behind Your Cross…If I live on my own all I do will be loss, Let Your presence in me lead others to believe, Lord, Hide me behind Your cross. So do you see a bit more of what I mean by your appearance and behavior? It has everything and nothing to do with your outfit… it has everything and nothing to do with your attitude. It’s something more than that… it’s a "way" about you. It’s knowing the ways of the LORD. Ps 128:1 "Blessed is every one that feareth the LORD; that walketh in his ways."

See what I mean about the "ways?"

Hosea 14.9 says "Who is wise, and he shall understand these things? prudent, and he shall know them? for the ways of the LORD are right, and the just shall walk in them: but the transgressors shall fall therein." And then, in Micah 4:2 we read: "And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem." That’s why I often pray: to the LORD: teach me Thy ways, show me Thy paths… Psalm 119 is a wonderful Psalm to "pray back to God."

I pray that we would each one desire that precious intimate walk with our LORD and Savior and that others would be drawn to Him by our conversation and behavior.

pamela spurling ~ The Welcome Home ~ 2000

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