In honor of Mother’s Day, we will examine the life and character of Ruth from the book that bears her name, and compare it with the description of the virtuous woman in Proverbs 31.
The life of virtuous Ruth is an incredible contrast to public women in our own day. It is amazing what is trumpeted in contemporary pop culture as admirable character traits in women. On the one hand, nakedness and sensuality are becoming the norm among public figures, women in particular. The public sexualization of women is rampant. Pop videos, particularly popular among young people, show women in various stages of undress, engaged in the most vulgar of languages, and publicly flaunting the sort of behavior that should be reserved for the bedroom.
And all of these sorts of public behaviors are promoted by public figures as desirable. At the same time, Hollywood wonders why so many women have experienced closet sexual abuse in their industry. Only a very great fool can fail to see how these behaviors are related.
In contrast to this sort of indecent public behavior, we would like to consider today what biblical character traits ought to be prioritized by godly women. We will look at four virtuous traits in particular.