Ten Character Traits of a Woman of Faith
I could list many faithful women who have had an impact on my life and I realize each one has similar traits. These characteristics are what compel me to do better, try harder, love deeper, and above all, realize the power of God’s grace and the hope in His promises. There are women I have had the honor to know, to love, and to share this life with, so I reach out my arms to hug you, to thank you, and to tell you that you’re a living testimony to the goodness of people and the greatness of God.
Here, in no particular order, are 10 characteristics of a woman of faith. As you read these traits, consider those who walk alongside you, too. Share this list with them and remind them how grateful you are for their friendship and faithfulness.
To the friends I speak of in my life, you continue to inspire, empower, and spur me on to run the race set before me.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer, and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him, he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. –Hebrews 12:1-3NIV
1. She holds incredible strength. She can withstand a crisis and forge forward on her path with relentless endurance. She can face barriers and burdens in her life with tenacity and grace. This fortitude is often anchored in her faith because we all know when we fall, we land on our knees. She is a warrior. A fighter. And Perseverance is her name.
I can do all this through him who gives me strength. –Philippians 4:13NIV
2. She shines magnifying love. This love has the power to empower and enlighten those who surround her. Her passionate heart illuminates compassion to anyone who crosses her path. She does not discriminate, nor separate the “ones who deserve love” and the “ones who do not”. She knows all people deserve the unconditional love that God freely offers to us all.
Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. –1 John 4:11NIV
3. She embraces the good. This woman has the ability to discover and recognize a blessing when she sees one. She delights in the beauty of the moment and the triumph in any trial. She pauses with gratitude to celebrate with joy in every good thing because she understands that thankfulness has power and searching for small miracles brings hope.
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. –Philippians 4:8NIV
4. She understands grace. This woman faces offenses and responds by extending mercy. Although she may never understand or condone wrongdoings, she chooses to let go of the bitter grasp of resentment, because forgiveness and redemption were a gift to her from the God of Grace. She, in turn, shares that gift.
Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. –Ephesians 4:32NIV
5. She walks in humility. This woman gives relentlessly, serves without reward, and sacrifices without needing acknowledgment from others. She can readily accept her flaws and weaknesses and easily expose her vulnerability. She gives generously with no expectations. Instead of weighing the balance of reciprocation or seeking credit for all her hard work, she celebrates living a life fully extending herself to others, answering the call to “Go and do”. That in itself is enough.
For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. –Romans 12:3NIV
6. She believes ALL people are equal and worthy of love. This woman believes in her core that EVERYONE is valuable and worthwhile in God’s eyes and therefore in hers. She lives out the truth that all human beings deserve to be treated with respect. She knows there are no qualifications or conditions to earn it. She sees with unwavering clarity that God did not discriminate when He created humankind in His image, and neither should we.
So God created mankind in his own image,
in the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them. – Genesis 1:27NIV
7. She has passion. This woman has a passion for what she believes in. She dives deeply into sacrificing her time, her energy, and all her effort in making a difference in this world. She pours her heart into whatever cause or need she deems significant. She is able to extend her hands and her feet to serve because she understands there are responsibilities and obligations in pursuing God’s calling and purpose for her life. She will face down barriers and burdens with a relentless will that is ignited by her faith, for there is no stopping a woman who commits herself to a mission.
Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. –1 Corinthians 15:58NIV
8. She’s a TRUE friend. She is thoughtful and trustworthy and dedicated. She will shower mercy on your shortcomings and speak truth to grow you in the name of love. She shows up. She will be there when you celebrate big moments and she will dive into the trenches to carry you when life leads you into a battlefield. When there is a call for help, she responds. She shifts her priorities as needs arise. She honors her friendships with a spirit of humility and gentleness, while she is honest and as real as they come. There’s no comparison or competition, no expectation or condition when it comes to being her friend.
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. –Colossians 3:12-14NIV
9. She is daringly honest. This woman has the ability to look honestly at herself and risk sharing her feelings and thoughts with a bold and courageous voice. She’s not afraid of being transparent, because she has the strength and conviction of knowing that in her honesty there is freedom. She is willing to expose her truths, for the sake of gaining clarity and connection. She values honesty in others, and she pursues wisdom and trust through her vulnerability. She reveals parts of herself, in order to grow and nourish those pieces of who she is. It is in taking those steps of faith, she empowers us all to do the same.
Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body. –Ephesians 4:25NIV
10. She is relentlessly faithful. This woman, at the very core of who she is, holds an anchor of faith so unshakable nothing can tear it from its roots. The groundwork is paved with a thick sanctified sealant and absolutely nothing can crack it. This certainly doesn’t mean there are no doubts, temptations, struggles, and sin; but rather, this is the essence of a fervent hope in redemption. She has been refined by the fire and done the hard work to revel in His Glory and cling to His Truth. Her faith is evidence that His mercy is new every morning, and she will buoy you up with this promise.
Because of the Lord’s great love, we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness. –Lamentations 3:22-23NIV
To all the women who hold these extraordinary traits—thank you for being the faithful warrior and trusted friend you are.
God works through you in a profound and glorious way.
The original version of this post was first published on Her View From Home.
Thank you, friend! XOXO
Thank you for this angelic inspiration. May God continue to use you in profound ways.
Janine Huldie says
Absolutely beautiful list and I would say that you, my friend embody all on this list. So, I know you have first-hand knowledge of what it takes to be on this list! Hugs and thank you always, Chris for sharing with me and inspiring me!! <3
Aw, Janine! You are such a dear to say that! It’s an exhaustive list to live up to, but I am SO blessed to be surrounded by friends who truly live this way and help me *try* to live this way too. XOXO
Alison Hector says
Spot on, Chris! I count you as woman of great faith and am blessed to call you friend.
Alison, you are SO dear to say that! I feel the same about you, my friend. XO
lisa thomson says
These are all such commendable traits, Chris. Thanks for listing these qualities that make a faithful woman. There is always one or two I can work on (okay, more than one or two…maybe four or five).
I work on all of them ALL the time, Lisa! It’s a pretty incredible list. LOL But my gosh, I’m so blessed to do life with many women who exemplify them all. <3
Madeleine Bruna says
Yes,thank you so much for sharing, I love each and every scripture that you used very inspiring. Thank you so much
I’m so glad you liked this and the scripture, Madeleine! Thank you for taking the time to comment and let me know! God bless you!
Candace Playforth says
What a beautiful list to aspire to, Chris! I have no doubt you embody them all, my friend. Thank you for showing us all what a faithful warrior looks like. XO
Well, you are so dear to say that, Candace! I fail miserably at most of these on the regular, but I am incredibly blessed to be surrounded by women who embody all of these traits and are such a great influence on my own faith. And YOU are a true faithful warrior who inspires me too.
Julie Jo Severson says
I’m learning how crucial (and rare) #8 is. What a gift it is to find that person who is there by your side in times of both celebration and grief. You, my friend, I’m certain are that kind of friend. Those who know you in real life are blessed with a true gem.
Oh, Julie, you always raise me up higher than I really am, and I’m forever grateful for that, my dear friend. If only we lived closer, I’m SURE we would do life together and I would be truly blessed by YOU.
This is beautiful and very helpful in my walk. Are you aware that all the verses are referenced as Romans 12:3?
Denise, thank you so much for your sweet words and ESPECIALLY for letting me know about this problem with the copy-editing! My gosh, I’m so grateful you told me! I believe the click-through is to the correct verse link, but somehow
it’s copied to that same verse in Romans each time. Gah. Fixing asap!
Carolyn Freeman says
I was looking for articles about what it takes to be a woman of faith and found your article and it was exactly what I was looking for. Thank you so much. I would like to share this with my church congregation in part of my sermon. I would like to have your permission to share your article. Again you are doing a great job reaching others. Please respond to me so I will know I can share this information.
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Hi Carolyn! I remember responding to your comment, but my site went down and it may have evaporated into the digital world. Forgive me!
Thank you so much for your kind words of encouragement and you are absolutely welcome to share this with your church congregation! Praying it blesses those who receive the message.