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Proverbs 31 Character Study Week 11 Study Guide: Inner Beauty

cocu bar rencontre laval Hey, everyone! Thank you for joining me for week eleven of the Proverbs 31 Character Study! This week we are learning about the importance of inner beauty. You are probably familiar with our key verses that can be found in Proverbs 31:30-31.

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top 1 site de rencontre “Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.”

NASB Footnotes: “In our society where physical appearance counts for so much, it may surprise us to realize that her appearance is never mentioned. Her attractiveness comes entirely from her character.”

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This is a convicting question for all of us. In no way shape or form am I saying that making yourself presentable is a bad thing. I just believe it is way more important for us to be spending time with God than focusing on our looks. This isn’t to say that you have to have a 2-hour quiet time because that isn’t always realistic, but it is to say that we can spend time with God no matter what we are doing.

We can go to God anytime in the day simply by praying. We have a ____________ line to God because of what Jesus did for us on the cross. When it comes to outward appearance, God’s word says it best:

Proverbs 31:30 “Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;” Charm and beauty can only take us so far. I try to tell my brothers this, that it’s not about just finding a pretty girl one day, it’s about finding the full package. Yes, of course, being attracted to someone is important. But beauty is not all we should be looking for in a spouse.

So what is the full package? The full package is explained in the last part of verse 30, “but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.”

We’re striving to be someone who __________ the Lord. What does it mean to fear the Lord? Fearing the Lord doesn’t mean being scared or having anxiety. Instead, fearing the Lord means that we have a reverence towards God and that we respect him and love him.

One Bible story that exemplifies this quality of fearing the Lord is Esther. The Bible tells us that she was a ______________ woman, but it wasn’t her outward beauty that made her receive favor from all who saw her. It was her heart it was her character, and it was her fear of God.

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King Xerxes’ queen, Vashti, had disobeyed him, so he banished her. After this, the king was looking for a new queen, and so he had people gather together the most beautiful, young virgins so that he can choose one of them to be his new queen. These women had one year of beauty treatments, which was basically just like spa day every day so that they would be prepared to see the king. Esther was one of the women selected, and eventually, she was chosen to be queen, but what set her apart was her character. She was humble and did not ask for anything more than what was given to her. In an environment where everyone was fighting to be queen, Esther was humble. Esther found favor with everyone and especially the king. He found her more attractive than any other women and just like that she was selected queen.

So after Esther became queen, Haman, one of the King’s officials was _____________ and all the royal officials at the king’s gate knelt down to Haman. However, Mordecai, which was Esther’s uncle, would not bow down because he knew this would not honor God. This infuriated Haman, but instead of killing only Mordecai he plotted to destroy all of Mordecai’s people, the Jews. Once Mordecai found out about this plan he went to Esther and pleaded with her to beg for mercy to the King. Maybe this doesn’t sound like a huge deal, but it was. In this culture, the queen did not approach the __________ unless he called for her. But Esther’s response is full of faith, courage, and boldness in Esther 4:16.

Esther 4:16
“Go, gather together all the Jews who are in Susa, and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my attendants will fast as you do. When this is done, I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish.”

Bottom line is that Esther had courage, Esther had faith. She knew the right thing to do and because she ____________ God more than she feared man or even losing her own life she did not back down. We may not ever be faced with something this big or this crazy, but we will be faced with situations that will require us to take risks, to say, “God I trust you even when I can’t see the big picture.”

But this isn’t where the story ends. God continued to give Esther favor. When the king saw Esther he was pleased with her. And Esther was able to share her heart with the king and save her people. Can you imagine the raw emotion Esther must have been feeling? For goodness sake, the girl called a three-day fast with no eating or drinking. When we are willing to give up food, we know that’s serious business.

So be encouraged by Esther, and prayerfully ask God how you can stand up for him with courage and faith.

Let’s go back to verse 31: Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.”
While this verse does speak of praising the Proverbs 31 woman for her outstanding character that should never be our focus. Our motivation shouldn’t be wrapped up in the praise and the recognition we will receive from others. Verse 31 is also a great reminder for men and women to encourage the Proverbs 31 women in their lives.

If you’re married to a Proverbs 31 woman, your mom is a Proverbs 31 woman, or you friend is a Proverbs 31 woman it’s important that we honor, uplift and _______________ these women of great character.

Fearing the Lord is at the heart of being beautiful. Yes, Esther was physically beautiful but it was so much more than that. There were a lot of beautiful young virgins in the mix trying to become the next queen, but why didn’t the king pick them. The king didn’t pick them because they weren’t different they didn’t stand out. I think what we can learn from Esther is that she wasn’t worried about standing out and being the prettiest she was focused on her character. She was humble, she was courageous and she was bold when she needed to be bold in order to save her people.

This week let’s memorize Proverbs 31:30 “Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.” Also, let’s not forget to have our daily quiet times.

Questions

Inner beauty is about the condition of our hearts. Are we fearing the Lord every single day?


Are we making God our number one priority by spending time with Him?


Thanks so much for studying with me! I will see you next week, have an amazing day and God Bless.

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