In a previous post, we mentioned that one of the questions that’s often asked around here is, “How do I become a godly man?” Today, we wanted to write a post answering another question we often hear: “How do I become a godly woman?” Below you’ll find five characteristics of a godly woman with verses that go along with each of them. We’ve also created a handout that can be downloaded, printed, and shared.
We hope these characteristics and their accompanying verses help spur you on to be the kind of woman that God created you to be.
1. Seek God First
Reject the lie that anything or anyone else can satisfy you.
“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” – Matthew 6:33-34
1 Chronicles 16:8-12, Psalm 9:10, Psalm 27:1-5, Psalm 34:10-14, Psalm 40:16, Jeremiah 29:11-13, Zephaniah 2:3, Matthew 6:25-34
2. Speak Faithfully
Love others with godly wisdom, boldness, and kindness as a faithful completer of others.
Then the LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him.” – Genesis 2:18
Better is open rebuke than love that is concealed. Faithful are the wounds of a friend, but deceitful are the kisses of an enemy. – Proverbs 27:5-6
Open your mouth for the mute, for the rights of all the unfortunate. Open your mouth, judge righteously, and defend the rights of the afflicted and needy. – Proverbs 31:8-9
She opens her mouth in wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. – Proverbs 31:26
Psalm 19:14, Proverbs 12:18, Proverbs 13:3, Proverbs 16:13, Proverbs 20:15, Proverbs 24:26
3. Show True Beauty
Bodies deteriorate; persons develop. Invest in that which lasts.
Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised. – Proverbs 31:30
Likewise, I want women to adorn themselves with proper clothing, modestly and discreetly, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly garments, but rather by means of good works, as is proper for women making a claim to godliness. – 1 Timothy 2:9-10
1 Samuel 16:7, Proverbs 11:22, 1 Peter 3:3-5
4. Stay Humble
Be constantly aware of pride and selfishness. Don’t think less of yourself but think of yourself less.
“Has not my hand made all these things, and so they came into being?” declares the LORD. “These are the ones I look on with favor: those who are humble and contrite in spirit, and who tremble at my word.” – Isaiah 66:2
Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 2:3-5
Psalm 141:5, Proverbs 3:5-6, Proverbs 12:1, Micah 6:8, John 15:5, 1 Peter 3:8-9,1 Peter 5:5-7
5. Serve the Lord
Set your mind on eternal things, serve the eternal King, and live to please only Him.
“He who loves his life loses it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it to life eternal. If anyone serves Me, he must follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also; if anyone serves Me, the Father will honor him.” – John 12:25-26
For am I now seeking the favor of men, or of God? Or am I striving to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a bond-servant of Christ. – Galatians 1:10
Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men. – Colossians 3:23
Psalm 16:11, Psalm 84:10-12, Mark 10:42-45, 2 Corinthians 5:10, Philippians 1:21, Hebrews 6:10, 1 Peter 2:21-23