I was afraid this would happen. After writing the “21 Characteristics of a Good Man,” I knew the study of a good woman would be next. I’m grateful women were given a good example!
“16 Characteristics of a Good Woman” Bible Study
Show me a woman who…
- Chooses to serve the One true God, Ruth 1:16; Exodus 20:2, 3. Ruth was a Moabitess, Ruth 1:3, but she stopped serving the gods of Moab.
- Is willing to move and willing to stay, Ruth 1:16; Jeremiah 1:7; 46:20; Genesis 12:1; 26:3; Matthew 2:13; Luke 24:49. After Jesus was born, Mary moved to Egypt with Joseph and stayed until King Herod died.
- Cares for her parents until they die, Ruth 1:17; Exodus 20:12; 1 Timothy 5:8. Ruth took care of her mother-in-law until she died.
- Is determined to do the right thing, Ruth 1:18; Hebrews 10:23, 35, 36; I Corinthians 15:58; 16:13; Galatians 6:9; James 1:12; 2 Peter 1:5-7; Psalms 57:7; 112:6, 7; Isaiah 26:3, 4; Romans 4:19, 20; Colossians 1:23; 2:5.
- Is not afraid of work, Ruth 2:2; Proverbs 31:13-27. Ruth asked to go to work. She didn’t work for money, she worked to feed herself and Naomi. The hardest work a woman does is in her own home. She is not paid, there is no prestige, sometimes, no thanks but ridiculed when the work is not completed.
- Does not see any work as beneath her, Ruth 2:3-8, 13; Ecclesiastes 9:10; Colossians 3:23. Ruth was doing the work of a servant girl or slave, Ruth 2:8.
- Is grateful for her blessings, Ruth 2:10, 13; 1 Thessalonians 5:18.
- Has a good reputation, Ruth 2:11, 12; Proverbs 22:1. Boaz knew of Ruth by her reputation.
- Is not wasteful, Ruth 2:15; Proverbs 21:20; Luke 16:1. Ruth ate until she was full and had some leftover.
- Is generous, Ruth 2:18; Proverbs 11:25; 31:20; Luke 6:30, 38; Psalms 112:5; 2 Corinthians 9:11.
- Protects herself in the working world, Ruth 2:22, 23; John 17:14-16. She stayed close to her female coworkers and lived with her mother-in-law.
- Protects her reputation, Ruth 3:1-14; Ephesians 5:3-6. Someone is always watching.
- Is not chasing men, Ruth 3:10; Isaiah 4:1.
- Looks at a man’s heart, not his heritage, Ruth 3:10, 1 Samuel 16:7. Salmon was the father of Boaz, Ruth 4:21, and his mother was Rahab, the harlot who hid the spies in Jericho, Matthew 1:5. He was half Canaanite.
- Has patience, Ruth 3:18; Romans 8:25; Psalms 75:2.
- Cares about her extended family, Ruth 4:13-16. Ruth did not keep her child away from Naomi. Obed spent so much time with Naomi that people called him her son, Ruth 4:17. He was considered the son of Kilion and grandson of Elimelech even though Boaz was his birth father.
Ruth 2:12, “May the Lord reward your deeds. May you have a full reward from the Lord, God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge.” Modern English Version
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