“An Uncommon Woman in Uncommon Times” – The Proverbs 31 Woman – Ladies Bible Study Day 21
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30. Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
Charm (charming) it sounds like such a lovely word; it just rolls right off the tongue. We often times think of it as a word of praise. Let me give you the definitions of “charm” from Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary.
1. Charm: 1: a. the chanting or reciting of a magic spell: incantation b. an act or expression believed to have magic power 2: something worn about the person to ward off evil or ensure good fortune: amulet 3: a. a trait that fascinates, allures, or delights b. a physical grace or attraction used in pl. c. compelling attractiveness 4: a small ornament worn on a bracelet or chain
2. Charm 1: a. to affect by or as if by magic: compel b. to please, soothe, or delight by compelling attraction (ie: compels a woman with his suave manner) 2: to endow with supernatural powers by means of charms; also: to protect by spells, charms, or supernatural influences, 3: to control (an animal) typically by charms (as the playing of music) 4: to practice magic and enchantment. 5: to have the effect of a charm; fascinate.
Depending on your version of the Bible, the word “charm” appears 0 - 5 times and every time it is used in a negative connotation. Either in deception of another person, snake charming or sorcery.
As you most likely noticed in the definitions, only once or twice is “charm” used in a positive light. This tells me that we need to be very careful of our actions, to not put on “charming” airs, this is wrong - deceptive! The Lord wants us to be the gorgeous women He created us to be from the inside out. No flirting allowed! (Only with your husbands - they like pretty, loving eyes.)
Read all of Proverbs 7. Solomon observed from the window of his house the deceptive charms of a woman on a young man. She is like a Black Widow spider in her web. The young man was led like an ox to the slaughter.
Read Proverbs 14:5 and fill in the blanks: “A truthful witness does not ____________, but a false witness pours out __________.”
Read 1 Peter 3:3-4 and fill in the blanks: “Your ___________ should not come from outward ______________, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold ____________ and fine ____________. Instead, it should be that of your __________ _________, the unfading beauty of a ___________ and __________ spirit, which is of __________ worth in God’s sight.”
Peter is not saying here that we should not fix our up hair, use make up or dress nicely, what he is saying is that this is not what we should be depending on to make us beautiful. For the woman of God, beauty comes from within and emanates out.
Personal Question: As a woman, how does my inner beauty shine through for God? ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________