I just want to talk about two verses this week:
"Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value. She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life." Proverbs 31:11-12 (NIV)
I have to ask myself this, "Does my husband have full confidence in me? Do I bring him good, not harm?"
It's so easy to get caught up in the world these days. People, and I don't just mean women, do a lot of this:
Gossip is defined by Webster's as:
2. A report (often malicious) about the behavior of other people; "the divorce caused much gossip".
3. A person given to gossiping and divulging personal information about others.
Quite often, a word dropped "casually" here and there develops into more than "just a word." When a wife says things to others to create a bit of kindling to light a bigger fire about her husband, she is not bringing him good.
Spread that beyond the home. Spread it all over the country, the world. The fire is unquenchable. People hate others because of rumors.
My husband would never have "full confidence" in me if I spent my time idly, speaking ill of others and bringing embarrassment to him.
We Proverbs 31 wives have a lot of responsibilities upon our shoulders, but they aren't any we can't handle. We just need to focus on Jesus, our Savior and example. He was tempted to gossip - He was tempted in all things the Bible says. Did He give in to the temptation?
He wouldn't be our Savior if He had.
The next time someone tempts you to spread a juicy morsel, think about your husband. Don't bring him harm - bring him good by stepping away and stepping above. Ask Jesus to help you.