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Published on March 31st, 2015 | by Jeff Price

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The Godly Wife And The Bride Of Christ

There is no lack of principle in God’s word regarding the traits of a Godly wife.  The Bible is in fact replete with examples of the mindset and attitude that a wife who is devoted to her husband and her Lord will possess.  The narratives, however, do not pertain solely to a wife’s posture toward her husband.  Within the constructs that guide a wife toward a wholesome relationship with her husband lie the same concepts that lead Christ’s bride – the body of believers in this world, toward a consummate relationship with Him.

In a number of locations in the Bible, such as Matthew 25:1-46, John 3:29, and Ephesians 5:25-27, God’s word alludes to the notion that Christ is akin to a bridegroom, and His followers are His bride, 2 Corinthians 11:2.  Nowhere is this more clear than in the book of Revelation in such passages as Revelation 19:7-9, Revelation 21:2, and Revelation 21:9.

Now, some will argue that the passages in Revelation refer to a city – the “New Jerusalem”, Revelation 21:10-14.  But, what is a city for if not a dwelling place for people; in this case, God’s people?  Did Christ die to bring about the construction of a new city or the assemblage of His people to Him?  It is not the city itself in Revelation 21:10-14 that is Christ’s bride, but the people in it!

Let’s explore what the Bible says about the characteristics of a Godly wife and the correlation between those qualities and those of the number of individuals who make up Christ’s church – the bride of Christ.

First of all, God’s word says that a Godly wife remains true to her husband.  Proverbs 31:10-12 infers that a Godly wife is one in whom the husband can have absolute trust.  She does only good for her husband – no evil.  There is no difference between the devotion of a Godly wife toward her husband and the devotion the Christian has toward God.  A true Christian will have no other gods but God, Exodus 20:3 and will love the Lord with all his or her heart, soul, mind, and strength, Mark 12:30.  And just as a Godly wife is whole-heartedly committed to her husband, a Christian is to have the same attitude towards God, Romans 12:1

Secondly, a Godly wife will bring honor to her husband.  She will do this by being a true helpmeet to him as God had intended, Genesis 2:18, and by showing him respect as is mentioned in Ephesians 5:33.  A woman who understands how to honor her husband is like a crown to him, Proverbs 12:4.  In the same manner, a member of the bride of Christ will honor Him, 1 Corinthians 10:21, 1 Corinthians 6:18-20, Psalms 29:2.

Thirdly, a Godly wife will be polite and courteous.  In other words, she will be gracious toward her husband.  A gracious woman attains honor, Proverbs 11:16 as opposed to a quarrelsome, contentious woman, Proverbs 21:9, Proverbs 21:19, Proverbs 19:13.  Similarly, members of Christ’s bride should also display Courtesy, kindness and compassion, Ephesians 4:31-32, 1 Peter 3:8

Next, a Godly wife will strive to be wise.  In fact, when wisdom is spoken of in Proverbs 1:20, Proverbs 8:1-3, and Proverbs 9:1-6 it is characterized as a woman.  In the same manner, the model wife is portrayed as wise. When she speaks, her remarks are astute and sensible, Proverbs 31:26.  Wisdom is also something that one should strive to attain if one desires to be counted amongst the members of the bride of Christ, James 1:5-6 because wisdom yields traits that God’s word instruct us to strive for, such as gentleness, reason, mercy and sincerity, James 3:17.

Lastly, a Godly wife is, of course, holy.  Her holiness is derived from a deep relationship with God.  A woman who fears the Lord shall be praised, Proverbs 31:30.  But, what does it mean to be “holy”?  A Godly woman understands that to be holy means that she no longer lives for herself, but for Christ, Galatians 2:20 to the extent that when people look at her, they see a life hidden in Christ, Colossians 3:3.  Likewise, we as members of the bride of Christ are directed to be holy, 1 Peter 1:15-16.  Being holy means that we exchange our submission to this world for a conversion of our hearts and minds toward a life dedicated to that which is good, acceptable and perfect, Romans 12:2, Philippians 4:8-9.

In conclusion, it is evident that the attributes of a Godly woman expressed in Proverbs 31:10-31 are essential, immutable tenets for any woman who has determined to live a life of unwavering devotion to the Lord.  But, those tenets are not only helpful principles for potential brides to be, but the bride of Christ, as well.


About the Author

For over twenty years, I have been an active member in each church I have attended, fulfilling duties ranging from worship leader to elder and occasionally, pastor. I see the gift of music as a tool to be used in the privileged roll of being able to take others to a whole other level of worship and I thoroughly enjoy using my musical abilities in the service of God and His people. I look forward to sharing thoughts, topics and editorials through this web site and sharing God with Christians and non-Christians alike.



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