I know that we typically associate the word virtuous with a woman due to Proverbs chapter 31. But have you ever studied the original meanings of the word virtuous? In the Strong's Concordance it says: probably a force, whether of men, means or other resources; an army, wealth, virtue, valor, strength:--able, activity, (+) army, band of men (soldiers), company, (great) forces, goods, host, might, power, riches, strength, strong, substance, train, (+)valiant(-ly), valour, virtuous(-ly), war, worthy(-ily).
Google defines virtuous as having or showing high moral standards and dictionary.com defines it as conforming to moral and ethical principles; morally excellent; upright: such as to lead a virtuous life or chaste, as in a virtuous young person.
Before the 14th century it was used in a sense of "valiant, valorous, manly" (c.1300) (Word Origin and History). So I am not sure when it began to be only thought of in a feminine way. It does not matter.
We choose to teach our sons to be
mighty men of valor, chivalrous, and gentlemen.
- My sons were quite a bit younger in these pictures, but even at a young age, we began teaching our sons to be manly. I realize this is not common in today's culture.
- We teach them to have high moral standards and ethical principles. They are taught to honor and obey their parents from birth; not when we think they can understand us or when they are bigger. From birth.
- We teach them to protect their mom and sisters, that God comes first then family. They are taught true character is unveiled by what is done when no one is looking. They must be strong and ready to stand alone in a fallen world when necessary.
- When they are not with us, they are first representing God, then their father and his name.
- We teach them that God's Word is supreme and it is the foundation of who we are and what we believe. When in doubt, go to God's Word.
- We don't teach them to read the Bible and pray every day. Shocker! We teach them to develop a relationship with our Heavenly Father that will sustain them, and this, of course, is established through regular prayer and Bible reading.
These are a few of the things we are teaching our sons. What about you? What are you teaching your sons? What do you want your future daughter's husband to have been taught?
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