Inner Beauty

3 Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. 4 Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. 5 For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to adorn themselves. They submitted themselves to their own husbands, 6 like Sarah, who obeyed Abraham and called him her lord. You are her daughters if you do what is right and do not give way to fear. 1 Peter 3:3-6

This advice goes against the grain of our current Western culture. We are all bombarded with beauty and jewelry ads, especially now going into the Christmas holiday season. You have to have more to be more and look more and smile more. It’s no wonder people are so self conscious about their weight, eating habits, and keeping up with the Joneses.

God, on the other hand, would prefer a person at peace with modest looks and clothing. Just like God looked at the inner qualities of David, so he looks at the inner qualities of women.

Now if you’re into the fashion and glamour and jewelry, that’s well and good. It’s not a quality that is more (or less) godly than any other.

Remember, God will use gold, jasper, sapphire, agate, emerald, onyx, ruby, chrysolite, beryl, topaz, turquoise, jacinth, amethyst and pearls as construction materials in heaven (Revelation 21:15-21), which should tell you what He thinks about our valuable metals and jewels. And we will be given different bodies (2 Corinthians 5:2-4) when we arrive there, which should tell you how He views these corrupted bodies.

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