10 Awesome Traits of a Godly Woman

by Crystal McDowell on March 1, 2013 · Print Print · Email Email

Are you a godly woman? Do you have a godly woman in your life? A godly woman isn’t perfect, rather she’s learning to open up and trust in her Savior. The measuring stick of your godliness isn’t based on a comparison to other women (not even the Proverbs 31 woman), but on your personal commitment to Jesus Christ. As you continue to grow spiritually (and everyone has their own timetable in Christ), you will:

#1) Demonstrate an intimate familiarity with God’s Word

“Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” (Matthew 4:4)

You reveal the godly woman in you when your thoughts, words, and advice are based on the Bible and not your opinion. You’re not throwing out scriptures to show how knowledgeable and spiritual you are, but rather your key instinct is balancing faith and actions on the word of God.

#2) Resonate a calm and quietness of spirit

Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit,
which is of great worth in God’s sight
.” (1 Peter 3:4)

You don’t frantically wring your hands in the valleys of the unexpected. As a godly woman you have the inner peace of the Holy Spirit to comfort, guide, and teach you when everything seems out of control. You learn to lay your concerns at the foot of the cross and leave them there.

#3) Be grounded in courage and strength

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid;
do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go
.” (Joshua 1:9)

As our culture tumbles down the slippery slope of worldliness and immorality, you are confident in your Sovereign God to make all things work together for good. (Romans 8:28) You will refuse to let fear invade your thoughts or feelings by constantly reminding yourself of God’s promise to never leave you.

#4) Be relentless in prayer and intercession

“Pray continually.” (1 Thessalonians 5:17)

We need godly women to fervently grab hold of Jesus just like the Canaanite woman in Matthew 15:21-28 and refuse to let circumstances dictate the final outcome over faith. As a godly woman, you will never give up praying for the hardest hearts, the deepest needs, or the highest mountain tops.

#5) Be generous in resources

“You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion…” (2 Corinthians 9:11)

With the help of the Holy Spirit, keep in step with the godly woman in you.

With the help of the Holy Spirit, keep in step with the godly woman in you.

As a godly woman, you will give time, energy, gifts, and finances in days of feasting or famine. You learn to resist the fear of holding back because of your strong confidence in God to meet your needs according to His riches in glory and to grant all your desires according to His will.

#6) Impart wise advice

“She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue.” (Proverbs 31:26)

The godly woman’s advice is punctuated with practical applications of truth drawn from the Bible. Your firm, but gentle words of wisdom will lead many women to the Lord seeking answers for the perplexities of life.

#7) Confess your faults

I confess my iniquity; I am troubled by my sin.” (Psalm 38:18)

A godly woman recognizes that she is forgiven and will be careful to not make light of sins that caused Christ to suffer on the cross. By confessing your sins to God on a regular basis, your heart will remain humble and tender to others who fall into sin’s treacherous temptations.

#8) Exercise light-heartedness and good humor

 “A cheerful heart is good medicine.” (Proverbs 17:22)

Rather than displaying a sarcastic or mocking verbiage at the expense of others, a godly woman brings an inescapable joy with her wherever she goes. You learn to not take yourself too seriously and you will speak life without sacrificing truth or righteousness in your conversations.

#9) Be driven to complete tasks thoroughly

“Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might.” (Ecclesiastes 9:10)

As a godly woman, you are fully committed to finishing to the best of your ability. Whether for home, job, or church—your dependability reflects the inner conviction of working for Christ and not for those around you. Your reputation becomes solid among believers as well as unbelievers.

#10) Forgive as easily as you are forgiven

“Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” (Colossians 3:13)

You know that you may be mocked, misunderstood, or mistreated for the sake of the gospel. As a godly woman, your forgiveness is unconditionally given to others as you are unconditionally forgiven by God. You choose to forgive in spite of your feelings—entrusting God to heal all your hurts in His perfect timing.

You may not score a perfect 10 in all the above godly traits every day or hour. However by trusting in God’s hand one day at a time, step-by-step, you will grow in deeper maturity in Christ. With the help of the Holy Spirit, keep in step with the godly woman in you. You can put your trust in God not only for eternal life, but also for purpose and direction for life on this earth.

Take a look at this article which speaks more about women:

20 beautiful verses for women

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THERESA March 1, 2013 at 6:34 am

I enjoyed the insite given to us on this fine day!

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Crystal McDowell March 1, 2013 at 7:21 pm

Thanks for your words. God has given so many godly women in my life to grow from.

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Crystal McDowell March 1, 2013 at 8:29 pm

God bless you. I hope you were encouraged in your day!

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Josh March 1, 2013 at 7:27 am

What a great first article Crystal. Well done! I am excited to have you writing for WCWTK.

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Crystal McDowell March 1, 2013 at 8:20 pm

Thanks Josh. It’s a wonderful opportunity to share! God be the glory.

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Pamela Rose Williams March 1, 2013 at 7:50 am

Hello Crystal, thank you for this lovely article. I want to also welcome you as one of our contributing writers here at WCWTK. It is great to have you aboard! Blessings to you as you minister to us through your writing.

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Crystal McDowell March 1, 2013 at 8:30 pm

Oh Pamela! You are so sweet. I’m blessed to have you as an angel of encouragement these last couple of weeks. God bless you Sweetie!

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Denise March 1, 2013 at 10:04 am

Lets not forget LOVE. It’s all about love. They will know you are my disciples (godly woman) by your love. John 13:34-35

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Crystal McDowell March 1, 2013 at 8:32 pm

Hi Denise,
You are so right. Love is a significant characteristic of being a godly woman. There are so many more dimensions of the godly woman that could be listed. Thanks for your reminder. Have a blessed day!

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Jack Wellman March 1, 2013 at 11:28 am

Greetings Crystal. What a treasure this is. I am so blessed to have a godly woman that it is my honor to call my wife. I see these in her and just how far short I fall as a husband. I am truly inspired by this my friend. I thank God that He sent you to us to glorify Himself in your Holy Spirit-filled works like this.

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Crystal McDowell March 1, 2013 at 8:34 pm

Hi Jack. I appreciate your kind words. It’s awesome to read of your admiration for your lovely wife. We all strive to be the beauty of a gentle spirit that Peter wrote about. God bless.

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Patricia Schneider March 2, 2013 at 12:12 am

Hello, Crystal! And WELCOME TO WCWTK!!!
Appreciated your article about ‘godly women.’ Pastor Jack Wellman was the first person who ever called me such, and I was so touched! Never quite understood fully until I read your article. Yes, The Holy Spirit does reach out and guide us all to be ‘godly.’
My big Sis & I were blessed with a godly Mother. Can’t thank God enough for having had Mom in my life! She passed away in 2009, miss her something fiercely, to say the least!
Five children?!? What a blessing for you & your hubby, Crystal!
Your sister in Christ, Jesus…Patty

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Crystal McDowell March 2, 2013 at 8:23 pm

Thanks so much for the warm welcome Patty. I strive to be a godly mom to my five kids…just like your Mom. God bless you. Crystal

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sipho March 2, 2013 at 6:39 am

Thanx its educational. God bless u

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Crystal McDowell March 2, 2013 at 8:27 pm

God be the glory. We are all growing and learning from God’s word. Thanks for your response.
Crystal

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Jamillah March 2, 2013 at 9:29 pm

Thank you, Crystal– Your opening words gave me much-needed reassurance.

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Crystal McDowell March 2, 2013 at 10:24 pm

You my friend are a wonderful, godly woman. I’m so glad we are sisters in Christ. Crystal

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Derek Hill March 4, 2013 at 6:56 pm

Hello Crystal. I want to welcome you aboard as well. This was a great article with lots of excellent advice. Your love for your sisters and the Lord is very evident in this. God bless you!

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Crystal McDowell March 5, 2013 at 10:32 am

Thanks Derek. It’s awesome to work with such a great group of gracious believers.

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Deborah Braswell March 9, 2013 at 5:48 pm

Crystal,
I’m a friend of the godly lady who is your mother-in-law,
Mrs H. McDowell. Through her I have being hearing of
all the wonderful work you do for our Lord. I am in awe of
all you are able to accomplish!
No, I’m not yet all that God wants me to be, but because
of Philippians 1:6 and 2:13 (my life verses) I will perfectly
display all these godly traits. Thanks for your blog.

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Crystal McDowell March 10, 2013 at 11:31 pm

Dear Deborah,
Thanks so much for your thoughtful words of encouragement. My mother-in-law is a great source of inspiration and support for my work. God bless you!
Crystal

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Nicole May 25, 2013 at 11:06 pm

Loved this read! My mother was also a patient Godly woman and shared so many of these traits. Such a wonderful list to aspire to!! Praise be to God for your talents. What a blessing it is of you to share them!!

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Crystal McDowell May 29, 2013 at 7:44 am

Thank you Nicole for your words of encouragement. God blessed you with a great mother.

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Jo June 1, 2013 at 8:26 pm

Wonderfully written piece…may many be blessed by what they read here.

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Anthonia Aakol July 4, 2013 at 11:42 am

Crystal I love this word of encouragement. please keep it on and continue to inspiral the children of God (godly women)

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Crystal McDowell July 10, 2013 at 11:48 am

Thanks Anthonia! God bless you.

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Moraanugba Hannah Meseghanrun July 20, 2013 at 7:49 am

Nice write-up. Very educative and usefull for all classes. God wl increase your wisdom

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Crystal McDowell July 26, 2013 at 5:04 pm

Thanks so much. I need the Lord’s wisdom every day to accomplish the smallest of things. May His grace fill your life!

Love in Christ,
Crystal

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Josh August 10, 2013 at 1:37 pm

What about all the commandments Jesus Gives specifically to woman?

The first thing Woman should know is they need to repent and obey and teach woman their specific gender role and commands to be forgiven and receive the HolyGhost.

The rest is under her obedience to her head and authority which ever man that may be, either Father, husband, brother, or elder leader

Woman & Wives.

And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him. And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. (Genesis 2:18, 23 KJV).

Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee. (Genesis 3:16 KJV)

Whereunto I am ordained a preacher, and an apostle, (I speak the truth in Christ, and lie not;) a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and verity. I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting. In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works. Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. For Adam was first formed, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression. Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety. (1 Timothy 2:7-15 KJV)

Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation (conduct) of the wives; While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear. Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price. For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands: Even as Sara obeyed Abraham, calling him lord: whose daughters ye are, as long as ye do well, and are not afraid with any amazement. (1 Peter 3:1-6 KJV)

But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God. (1 Corinthians 11:3 KJV)

Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ. Now I praise you, brethren, that ye remember me in all things, and keep the ordinances, as I delivered them to you. But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God. Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishonoureth his head. But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered dishonoureth her head: for that is even all one as if she were shaven. For if the woman be not covered, let her also be shorn: but if it be a shame for a woman to be shorn or shaven, let her be covered. For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, forasmuch as he is the image and glory of God: but the woman is the glory of the man. For the man is not of the woman; but the woman of the man. Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man. For this cause ought the woman to have power on her head because of the angels. Nevertheless neither is the man without the woman, neither the woman without the man, in the Lord. For as the woman is of the man, even so is the man also by the woman; but all things of God. Judge in yourselves: is it comely that a woman pray unto God uncovered? Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him? But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her: for her hair is given her for a covering. But if any man seem to be contentious, we have no such custom, neither the churches of God. (1 Corinthians 11:1-16 KJV)

Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband. Let the husband render unto the wife due benevolence: and likewise also the wife unto the husband. The wife hath not power of her own body, but the husband: and likewise also the husband hath not power of his own body, but the wife. Defraud ye not one the other, except it be with consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again, that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency. (1 Corinthians 7:2-5 KJV)

And unto the married I command, yet not I, but the Lord, Let not the wife depart from her husband: But and if she depart, let her remain unmarried, or be reconciled to her husband: and let not the husband put away his wife. (1 Corinthians 7:10, 11 KJV)

The wife is bound by the law as long as her husband liveth; but if her husband be dead, she is at liberty to be married to whom she will; only in the Lord. (1 Corinthians 7:39 KJV)

Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing. This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church. Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband. (Ephesians 5:22-24, 32, 33 KJV)

Know ye not, brethren, (for I speak to them that know the law,) how that the law hath dominion over a man as long as he liveth? For the woman which hath an husband is bound by the law to her husband so long as he liveth; but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of her husband. So then if, while her husband liveth, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress: but if her husband be dead, she is free from that law; so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man. (Romans 7:1-3 KJV)

But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine: That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience. The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed. (Titus 2:1-5 KJV)

For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints. Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith the law. And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church. What? came the word of God out from you? or came it unto you only? If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord. (1 Corinthians 14:33-37 KJV)

Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands. (Proverbs 14:1 KJV)

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Crystal McDowell August 10, 2013 at 4:36 pm

Dear Josh,

Thank you so much for your insightful use of the scriptures. I believe in the whole of the Bible. I couldn’t agree with you more that every man, woman, and child should respond to the conviction of the Holy Spirit to be made right with God through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. I love how the Lord put it in Galatians 3:28-29 that “There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.”

Isn’t that beautiful? We are all one in Christ whether male or female. One of the amazing revelations of Jesus Christ’s earthly ministry is how highly He esteemed women–they were the ones who took care of him before and after His death. Before Jesus showed up, women were widely abused and misused by society. After His ascension, many prominent women took positions in the church such as Lydia, Pricilla, and others.

Yet my brother in Christ, I must disagree with you on the point that women are subjected to all male figures in their lives simply on the basis of their gender. Can you give me a scripture that puts a grown woman under the leadership of her earthly father or brother? I’m not sure on that one.

Daughters (minors) are to be obedient to their earthly fathers and wives are to submit to their husbands out of reverence for the Lord Jesus Christ. This isn’t to be a tool or rod to beat over their heads, but rather as God protecting His lovely daughters under (hopefully) godly leadership. As for the elders of the church–all members of the body are to follow with Christ likeness…women aren’t pulled out of the pack. Remember we are all one in Christ.

I pray your peace in the Lord on this matter. God bless you and your family.

Your sister and co-heir in Christ,

Crystal

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