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Session 31

How to live a life of noble character

Read: Proverbs 31

Proverbs begins with a command to fear the Lord and ends with the description of a woman who fulfills this command (Proverbs 31:10-31).

The Proverbs 31 woman is not a real woman, but an ideal. Just as wisdom and foolishness are personified as women throughout Proverbs, what it means to be a person of valor is personified in the wife of noble character.

To be noble is to show fine personal qualities or high moral principles or ideals. And by any standards, this woman has that.

She has dignity, compassion, wisdom, and many skills. She runs a profitable business, and her words carry weight at home and in the community. She has everything we could want, but it comes from a place many people would least expect.

Noble character is not a matter of rank in God’s eyes, but a matter of reverence. A wife of noble character doesn’t need to run a country, have a seat on the board or committee, or earn a six-figure salary. She doesn’t need to stress about her looks or connections because that’s not where she gets her influence. Her strength doesn’t come from what can she do for God. It comes from her reverence for God: “Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised” (Proverbs 31:30).

The Proverbs 31 woman is a woman of God, not a woman of the world. Her accomplishments and reputation come entirely from her dedication to the Lord.

If noble character seems in short supply, it’s because it is. The scarcity of noble character is one reason it’s so valuable (Proverbs 31:10). Instead of striving for wealth, power, success, and dominance like so many, the person of noble character works with integrity, serves the poor, and gets stuff done.

A life of noble character is a life of true success and happiness. Whether seen by many or by a few, the life of noble character leaves a legacy for generations to come. And because a life of noble character is not based on who we are but Who we adore, it’s a life we can all aim to achieve.

Reflect:

  • Read through Proverbs 31 thinking about what it means to have noble character. Does your opinion change any on true success?
  • What is the legacy you want to leave behind? What have you learned reading Proverbs that can help you get there?

1

So you want to be wise?

So you want to be wise?

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2

The best way to find your way

The best way to find your way

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3

Is God mad at me?

Is God mad at me?

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4

You have access to a wealth of wisdom

You have access to a wealth of wisdom

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5

Flirting with trouble is more dangerous than you think

Flirting with trouble is more dangerous than you think

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6

Why you need to be leading you

Why you need to be leading you

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7

How to avoid getting pulled in again

How to avoid getting pulled in again

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8

How do we know what’s true?

How do we know what’s true?

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9

How to win in every disagreement

How to win in every disagreement

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10

Will they miss you when you’re gone?

Will they miss you when you’re gone?

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11

How are you measuring success in life?

How are you measuring success in life?

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12

Avoid fools if you don’t want to become one

Avoid fools if you don’t want to become one

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13

Lying won’t get you what you really want

Lying won’t get you what you really want

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14

The best place to find the truth is in the Bible

The best place to find the truth is in the Bible

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15

How to deal with anger

How to deal with anger

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16

Tomorrow is too big to try it alone

Tomorrow is too big to try it alone

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17

Use your words for good, not evil

Use your words for good, not evil

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18

Choose your words wisely

Choose your words wisely

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19

Learn to own your mistakes

Learn to own your mistakes

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20

Why the party scene won’t make you happy

Why the party scene won’t make you happy

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21

There’s no such thing as “get rich quick”

There’s no such thing as “get rich quick”

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22

Why you should care what other people think

Why you should care what other people think

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23

Passing down wisdom is the best gift you’ll give your kids

Passing down wisdom is the best gift you’ll give your kids

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24

With great wisdom comes great responsibility

With great wisdom comes great responsibility

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25

You can’t do the right thing without the right heart

You can’t do the right thing without the right heart

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26

How to know who is worthy of honor

How to know who is worthy of honor

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27

Is the way you handle conflict adding to the drama?

Is the way you handle conflict adding to the drama?

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28

What to look for in a leader

What to look for in a leader

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29

Why you should welcome discipline at any age

Why you should welcome discipline at any age

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30

Do you believe God is awesome?

Do you believe God is awesome?

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How to live a life of noble character

How to live a life of noble character

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