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Ruth

And now my daughter, fear not; I will do to thee all that thou requirest (request): for all the city of my people doth know that thou art a virtuous woman  – Ruth 3:11).

Ruth was a Moabite and she married Mahlon, the son of Elimelech. Ruth became a widow at an early age and she was childless. Although she was Moabite, she respected the God her mother-in-law worshiped. Ruth saw the fellowship and relationship her mother-in-law had with God. Naomi decided to return to her family in Judah, and Ruth, her daughter-in-law purposed to return with her.

Ruth was married to Naomi’s son;  Naomi’s husband and her two sons died in the land of Moab. Naomi’s two daughter in-laws followed her until she was able to convince one of them to return to Moab. Ruth decided to stay with her mother-in-law and to make Naomi’s God her God. Ruth’s faith and faithfulness and commitment to Naomi’s God brought blessings to her and her mother-in-law. Naomi was a godly woman and Ruth could see that in her. Ruth followed the instructions her mother-in-law gave her, and because of her willingness to be instructed, she received the blessings of the Lord upon her life.

Boaz was a wealthy landowner in Judah. He was a  man of wealth and impeccable reputation.  he was a relative to Elimelech, Naomi’s husband. Ruth took the initiative to work to help support herself and her mother-in-law. The work was hard and foreigners were not always warmly welcomed in Israel. Because of her hard work and faithfulness, she got the attention of Boaz. Her hard work and her kindness to others impressed Boaz. Ruth was allowed to follow directly behind the reapers in order to pick up the choice grain that was dropped.

Naomi instructed Ruth how to present herself to Boaz as a godly woman and not one that would sleep with him to get what she wanted. Boaz admired what he saw in Ruth and was willing to take her as his wife and give her what she desired  (and now, my daughter, fear not; I will do to thee all that thou requirest {requested}: for all the city of my people doth know that thou art a virtuous woman – Ruth 3:11). Boaz admired Ruth’s behavior and conduct towards herself and others. Ruth could have been flirtatious and received everything she wanted, but she knew that  God didn’t make her body to be used as merchandise to get what she wanted. Marriage was ordained by God, and it will always be the respectfully way of having our sexual desires met. Sex outside of marriage is against the commandments of God, no matter how society tries to make it right.

God doesn’t condone anything He has instructed us not to do. If we do it God’s way, we will receive the blessings of God, but when we do it according to our desires it keeps the hands of God from our life and allows the adversary to bring forth sickness and diseases and all types of havoc. Society needs to see men and women that are professing to be Christians, to live according to what they are professing.

As Christians, we should be stable in the Word of God to pour into others the Word of God with love. We can’t pour into one’s life if it’s not in us. Ruth was graced with a woman of God to be in her life; she respected the instructions that were given her because she had been around Naomi long enough to know, Naomi had her best interest at heart, and she was a godly woman. Society is in need of strong men and women of faith to pour into their life. Our behavior and character are on display at all times and the very people we think aren’t watching us, is watching our life style. Ruth’s integrity brought blessings into her life. Boaz married her, she gave birth to a baby boy, she was married into wealth and she was able to bless her mother-in-law. Ruth allowed Boaz to find her, she respected herself and she received respect. She committed herself to God and God blessed her submission to His instructions as living a life as a Christian.

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