“She comforts, encourages, and does him only good and not evil all the days of her life.” PROVERBS 31:12 AMP
In the beginning of time, God spoke life into existence, and He called it good. He breathed the breath of life into the nostrils of man, and man became a living being—God called it good. God’s very nature is good, and He invites us both to partake of His goodness and to model it in our own lives. Our focus scripture, Proverbs 31:12 (AMP), says, “She comforts, encourages, and does him good and not evil all the days of her life.” A virtuous woman does good all the days of her life.
I love this scripture in the Amplified Bible translation because it includes comfort and encouragement as being part of that goodness. Have you ever offered someone words of encouragement and watched as life seemed to pour into them because of your words? In times of hardship, sickness, or trial, have you felt the impact of comfort and noticed how it eases pain and suffering? It is a beautiful partnership with the Holy Spirit when we allow ourselves to be a vessel for His goodness to flow through us.
Our lives can be so full, so busy, and so demanding, leaving us wondering if we have accomplished what we needed to, especially at the end of a long or challenging day. As a sister in Christ who has a full schedule all her own, I can tell you what I see when I look around at our church family. I see beauty, and virtue, and goodness. I see moms pouring out their lives for the Lord by raising godly children. I see the sick being tended to with such love and mercy and comfort. I see words of encouragement flowing and the offer of belonging constantly being extended to all. I see the lost being reached, the Word being preached, and Kingdom of God being advanced by the virtuous women we are blessed to do life alongside. I see beautiful, selfless, priceless sisters in Christ doing good and not evil, and I am thankful. May we all set our hearts on being a “woman who does good” by the comfort, encouragement and goodness we ourselves have received from God as His life flows in us and through us to beautifully touch those around us.
There are several things to consider when being a “woman who does good”. When you are comforting or encouraging someone, consider what you know about them. The way you communicate to them needs to speak to them just as much as the words you speak. Maybe they need an enthusiastic response or maybe they would appreciate a simple quiet word.
When you are wanting to “do good” or serve someone think about what will serve them the best. It’s not always what you might want to do but it’s what they need. Not being sensitive to the need may end up being counter productive. Sometime I, Abbie, have to diffuse arguments between my children because one child is wanting to serve another but the other does not want the help. While I try to encourage the one to receive help when offered I also encourage the other to consider what will best serve their sibling’s need and heart.
The Holy Spirit will help us know how to best serve or speak into someone’s life. And as Rachel said, our comfort, encouragement and service should flow from what we have already received from our loving Father.
By Rachel Cordero & Abbie O’Neal