Proverbs 31: 20 & 26 //
“She opens her arm to the poor and extends her hand to the needy”
“She speaks with wisdom and faithful instruction on her tongue”
What does it mean to be gracious? Simply put, to be gracious is to be marked by kindness and courtesy (Miriam-Webster). If the Proverbs 31 woman was nothing else, she was kind. Everything that she did was an extension of her grace. She was gracious in caring for her family, she was gracious in her businesses but more than anything, she was gracious in her dealings with the people around her. Take a look at verse 20, “She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hand to the needy”. Like most of us, the Proverbs 31 woman had a full plate but she never allowed her busy schedule to get in the way of giving back to her community and giving to those that are less fortunate. Jesus had a lot to say about a lot of things but one thing that he talked about quite often was the need to care for the poor and needy. We’ve become so immune to seeing men and women without homes sleeping on the streets that we have forgotten all about this call—the call to serve. In Matthew 20:28, Jesus says, “just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” The Proverbs 31 did exactly this. While I’m sure she had me-time just like the rest of us, she gave a great majority of her life as a ransom for those around her. And she did it enthusiastically and without complaint! She was the epitome of selflessness and grace. When we give to the poor and needy, we put Christ on the stage and allow people an opportunity to see Christ through us. Even if it’s just a weekend or two out of the month, serve at your local soup kitchen or homeless shelter and minister to others through the gift of service. Take time to speak to someone that is less fortunate and ask them about their day; introduce them to Christ.
Graciousness is more than just your actions, it’s also displayed in the way that you talk to others. Verse 26 says, “She speaks with wisdom and faithful instruction on her tongue”. If you’re going to speak. let your words be wise and let them be useful. Ephesians 4:29 says, “Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear”. If we want people to see the Christ in us and truly believe that we are who we say we are, we need to be gracious in the way that we talk. This includes social media! Use your words to build someone up and if necessary, give them the wisdom that God has given you. You are beautiful and you are a virtuous daughter of the Most High! Allow your words to match your true identity.
Prayer For Today//
Lord, you are the perfect example of grace. Because you have extended grace to me, help me to extend grace to others. Enable me to be kind to others and to answer the call to help those less fortunate than I am. Train me to only speak what it good to others so that you may receive the glory for the graciousness displayed through me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Question to Ponder//
What is one way that I can become more gracious? What way can I make room in my schedule to serve others?