The Character of Ruth

Text: Matthew 1:5

Ruth is one of the few women mentioned in the genealogy of Christ. Why? What is significant about her? When we look at the character of Ruth, we see some of the same traits that God expects of us today.

Ruth was Loyal (Ruth 1:16-18)

  • Ruth displayed a strong loyalty to her mother-in-law, even after her husband was dead (1:5) – despite Naomi’s insistence that she leave, she remained with her (1:8,15)
  • We must have an unwavering devotion to the Lord (2 Corinthians 11:3) – even if it means suffering (Luke 9:23), difficulties in earthly relationships (Matthew 10:34-37), and even death (Romans 8:35-39)

Ruth was Hardworking (Ruth 2:7)

  • Ruth went to the field of Boaz to gather grain (2:3) – she worked from morning until evening, with only a short rest, to provide for herself and Naomi (2:7, 17-18)
  • We must work hard in all that we do (Ecclesiastes 9:10; 2 Thessalonians 3:7-10; Colossians 3:23)
  • We must work hard in our service to the Lord (1 Corinthians 15:58)

Ruth was Humble (Ruth 2:8-10)

  • When Boaz learned about Ruth, he treated her kindly – she did not believe she was deserving of his kindness, even though she was certainly aware of what she had done (2:11)
  • We must have humility in order to please God (Matthew 5:3) – arrogance is something that the Lord hates (Proverbs 6:16-17; James 4:6)

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