Read Ruth 1:14-16

The Bible tells us about many great heroes. God uses these people to provide role models for us. They teach us how God wants us to behave. These people show us that our actions show others our faith and character. One of these heroines was a woman named Ruth and the book of Ruth tells us about her. Ruth lived with her husband and his family in Moab. They had fled there because there was a famine in Judah. While there, most family members died. Ruth, her sister-in-law, Orpah, and her mother-in-law, Naomi, were the only survivors. When Naomi heard that there was food in Judah again, she decided to go back to Bethlehem. She told Ruth and Orpah they should return to their own families in Moab. Ruth refused to leave Naomi and returned to Bethlehem with her. She knew her mother-in-law was older and would need help to survive. Every day Ruth set out to find food and worked in the fields gathering the grain that the harvesters might have overlooked or dropped. People in Bethlehem saw the kindness that Ruth showed Naomi. They saw that she was faithful in helping the older woman. Quickly, Ruth developed a good reputation. Boaz, who owned the land where Ruth was working, noticed her noble character. He was a close relative to Naomi’s husband and married Ruth. The town elders recognized that this was a good match and blessed the couple. God also blessed them richly. Ruth and Boaz were the great-grandparents of King David and ancestors of Jesus. Ruth shows us that good character is important. Ruth was loyal and compassionate to Naomi. She was respectful when she met Boaz. People in the town knew of her kindness and responsibility. If you have time to read the entire book of Ruth, you will find even more examples of good character. God makes sure we know about Ruth. He wants us to understand how He can use people of noble character in His plan. Are you building your character? A good reputation is important.

Think about this verse – Ruth 3:11b

All the people of my town know that you are a woman of noble character. (NIV)

Close in prayer – Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for showing us Ruth as an example of good character. Help us to be loyal, kind, and respectful. Help us to show your love to others through compassion. Amen.