Emulating the Virtuous Woman: Characteristics of a Good Mother in the Bible
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Emulating the Virtuous Woman: Characteristics of a Good Mother in the Bible


So, you want to be a good mother? You’ve come to the right place. The Bible is packed with wisdom when it comes to raising children. As you read these scriptures, you’ll see a pattern of characteristics that all good mothers should strive for.

Characteristics of a good mother in the bible

The Virtuous Mother as a Picture of Faithfulness

When you think of a virtuous mother, what comes to mind? For many, the Bible offers the perfect picture of what a good mother looks like.

The Book of Proverbs is filled with wisdom about raising children and paints a beautiful portrait of the Virtuous Mother. She is faithful to her husband, her children, and her God. She is a woman of character and integrity who sets a good example for her family.

As you read through the Scriptures, keep these qualities in mind and ask yourself how to emulate the Virtuous Mother. Start by being faithful in the small things, and trust God to help you grow in all the other areas where you need improvement.

The Attributes of a Good Mother According to the Bible

The Bible is full of verses describing the attributes of a good mother. You might be surprised by how many there are. This section will look at some of the most important ones.

A good mother is patient (Proverbs 31:26). She is kind and gentle with her children, never resorting to violence or harsh words. She is always ready to forgive (Colossians 3:13).

She is a teacher, always providing instruction and wisdom for her children (Deuteronomy 6:6-7). She sets a good example for them to follow, teaching them how to live Godly lives (Titus 2:3-5).

Most importantly, a good mother loves her children unconditionally (1 John 3:1). She never gives up on them, no matter what they do. She supports them in everything they do and helps them grow into godly adults.

Characteristics of a Good Mother According to Proverbs

A good mother is loving, nurturing, and protective. She is always there for her children, both physically and emotionally. Proverbs 31:10-31 sums up the characteristics of a good mother perfectly.

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She is kind and gracious (v. 20), always puts her family first (v. 29), works hard to provide for them (v. 13-19, 27-28), is discerning and wise (v. 26), is gracious and beautiful inside and out (v. 30), and is a role model of righteousness for her children (v. 2-9).

If you are looking for a model of what a good mother should be, look no further than the Bible.

Lessons From the Life of Mary, Mother of Jesus

The writings about Mary, the mother of Jesus, can also give us insight into the characteristics of a good mother. Mary was obedient to God, trusting in his leading, and willing to take on the role God had given her. She willingly accepted her calling and set an example for us with her dedication and faithfulness.

Mary was nurturing and loving towards Jesus and provided a safe home environment where he could grow up surrounded by love. She was also mindful of His special needs, protecting Him from harm.

Mary’s willingness to surrender her plans for God’s will is another characteristic of a good mother. Her commitment to seeking Him and trusting in His will allowed her to love Jesus through difficult moments in his life and more joyous times.

We can learn much from her example as we strive to emulate the virtuous woman outlined in Proverbs 31.

How Can We Apply These Characteristics and Learn From Them?

To emulate a virtuous woman, you must first recognize the qualities that make her a good mother. You may remove something different from the list, as many of these values are transferable.

For example, her “price is far above rubies” does not just refer to money but to how important it is for all mothers—and people—to have self-worth and confidence. She has a loving heart and understands that patience is key in raising a child.

It might help to reflect on what characteristics are most important to you and use that as your guiding principle when raising your children.

Perhaps there are specific values you want to focus on, such as honesty or humility. Taking small steps in applying these lessons will do wonders for raising children with strong character and moral fiber.

Practical Ways to Raise Our Children According to Biblical Principles

So what practical steps can we take to raise our children in a way consistent with the Virtuous Woman described in Proverbs? Here are three key points to keep in mind.

First, be mindful of your words and actions. As much as possible, set a positive example for your children by speaking kindly and acting with integrity. This includes being careful not to speak negatively of others, showing respect to all those around you, and responding thoughtfully to difficult situations.

Second, encourage your children’s spiritual development. This can include reading stories from the Bible or teaching them basic prayers. Additionally, you can strive to consistently teach your children right from wrong and instill virtues such as kindness, honesty, humility, and simplicity.

Finally, as much as you can, provide resources for your children and help them develop their God-given talents. This could mean investing in activities that interest them and offering opportunities to grow their skills accordingly.

Ultimately, the goal is for our children to use their free will and talents together to contribute positively to society.


So, what are the biblical characteristics of a good mother? From the examples of women in the Bible, we can see that a good mother is loving, patient, kind, generous, humble, and submissive. She is a woman of faith who trusts in God and puts Him first in her life.

She is a woman of strength who can endure the trials and tribulations of motherhood. A good mother is also a woman of character who sets a good example for her children.

Pastor duke taber
Pastor Duke Taber

Pastor Duke Taber

All articles have been written or reviewed by Pastor Duke Taber.
Pastor Duke Taber is an alumnus of Life Pacific University and Multnomah Biblical Seminary.
He has been in pastoral ministry since 1988.
Today he is the owner and managing editor of 3 successful Christian websites that support missionaries around the world.
He is currently starting a brand new church in Mesquite NV called Mesquite Worship Center, a Non-Denominational Spirit Filled Christian church in Mesquite Nevada.