Ladies, inner beauty is not easy to attain, but it’s totally possible. It just takes a lot of practice, discipline and desire. But you have to want it in your heart. Sure, you’ll have good days and bad days, but as you continue to practice it, it will become easier and more natural to do. This week, our inner beauty virtue is prudence.
What is prudence? Well, briefly, prudence is knowing right from wrong, based upon knowledge, founded upon research. It’s not assuming that you’re always right, but listening to and learning from those around you and determining what’s right. In being prudent, you have to be open to the fact that you may be wrong. So you work to learn from others, making judgments based on what you’ve learned in your research and then acting accordingly. Being prudent means remaining true to the Word.
In everything a prudent man acts with knowledge, but a fool flaunts his folly. (Proverbs 13:16 )
Consider practicing more prudence in the following areas of your life:
- At school. A prudent person knows what to say and when to say it, as well as when not to say something. Prudent people are not rash in their decision making. They’re cautious so they’ll never find need to regret.
- At home. Prudence also comes into play in every aspect of your life, but probably more so when it comes to family. Often we want to say things we shouldn’t, and prudence is definitely a virtue that helps you refrain from saying something you’ll likely regret later.
Prudence is often described as common sense, but it’s so much deeper than that. In C. S. Lewis’ Mere Christianity, the author writes, “Christ never meant that we were to remain children in intelligence: on the contrary. He told us to be not only ‘as harmless as doves,’ but also ‘as wise as serpents.’ He wants a child’s heart, but a grown-up’s head. He wants us to be simple, single-minded, affectionate, and teachable, as good children are; but He also wants every bit of intelligence we have to be alert at its job, and in first-class fighting trim.” With prudence, you always make the right choice, because you took the time to find the right choice.
If you’re finding it a struggle to be prudent, then consider the following tips:
- Read your Bible. In scripture, being prudent is often contrasted with being foolish. If you want to be prudent, you need to be knowledgeable about the Word.
- Find counsel. You need a trusted authority to talk to in order to become knowledgeable about God’s Word. However, 1 Thessalonians 5:20-22 reads, “Do not despise the words of prophets, but test everything; hold fast to what is good; abstain from every form of evil.”
- Practice it. Like most virtues, prudence must be practiced in order to be strengthened.
- Pray for it. Discernment is such an amazing quality that plays a huge role in being prudent, so pray that God will instill strong discernment within you.
I, wisdom, dwell in prudence, and I find knowledge and discretion. (Proverbs 8:12)
Ladies, are you prudent? Do you know of any other ways to strengthen your prudence?