CHARACTERISTICS OF A GODLY WOMAN

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LOOK OUT FOR NOT-SO-GREAT WOMEN 

Scripture also teaches what a woman should not be like. The following eight not-so-great women of the Bible are what I call the “Eight Bad Babes of the Bible,” so to speak. Note that these ungodly characteristics are equally applicable to men as well. 

A. LICENTIOUS WOMEN: THE WIFE OF FIVE HUSBANDS 

Like the Samaritan woman at the well in John 4 who, prior to her conversion to Christ, had five husbands ( John 4:18), licentious women are those who lack moral discipline or sexual restraint. This kind of woman is paraded in Proverbs more so than the others who follow, perhaps because she is so dangerous, especially to office holders. Licentious people (male or female) destroy marriages. 

Adultery is one of the surest ways to destroy a marriage instantly and forever. 

Notice how Solomon hammers away on sexual temptation as it relates to those in authority: 

Drink water from your own cistern and fresh water from your own well. Should your springs be dispersed abroad, streams of water in the streets? Let them be yours alone and not for strangers with you. Let your fountain be blessed, and rejoice in the wife of your youth. As a loving hind and a graceful doe, let her breasts satisfy you at all times; be exhilarated always with her love (Proverbs 5:15–19). 

So is the one who goes in to his neighbor’s wife; whoever touches her will not go unpunished (Proverbs 6:29). 

Like a bird that wanders from her nest, so is a man who wanders from his home (Proverbs 27:8). 

Sexual immorality of any kind will greatly and irrevocably harm not only the marriage, but the opportunity for public service—to say nothing of staff and all those around a morally fallen individual. Is a selfish, lustful, momentary act worth such an enormously high, lifetime-tainting price? No matter how “secular” the culture claims to be, God’s immutable, endemic moral principles are violated with adultery, and there will always be an enormous price to pay. And be sure your sin will find you out (Numbers 32:23b). 

In addition to licentious women, the Bible is full of other females who emulate a smorgasbord of disgraceful behaviors. Beware of the following as well: 

Author: Godfrey Gregg

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