I am so fortunate to have a wonderful and godly woman as my partner in this life. She is loving, considerate, caring, gentle, gracious, and supportive. All of those things which God instructs wives to be.
May verses 8-12 be my mantra for today ... and for everyday ...
Summing up: Be agreeable, be sympathetic, be loving, be compassionate, be humble. That goes for all of you, no exceptions. No retaliation. No sharp-tongued sarcasm. Instead, bless—that's your job, to bless. You'll be a blessing and also get a blessing.
Whoever wants to embrace life
and see the day fill up with good,
Here's what you do:
Say nothing evil or hurtful;
Snub evil and cultivate good;
run after peace for all you're worth.
God looks on all this with approval,
listening and responding well to what he's asked;
But he turns his back
on those who do evil things.
The chapter goes on to discuss leading what I would call a "Teflon life". If you're living as God instructs, others may throw mud at you but it won't stick. It will come back to stick on them as you live a life of example ... a life beyond reproach.
None of us is perfect but isn't it incredible when you run into someone living this sort of life out with great consistency? It can be described as "supernatural" ... a true manifestation of the Holy Spirit.