Your adornment must not be merely external—braiding the hair, and wearing gold jewelry, or putting on dresses; 4 but let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is precious in the sight of God. 1 Peter 3:3 – 4
The world says beauty is only skin deep. But God challenges us to go deeper than the skin. Our beauty cannot be based on the external things that are seen by all such as fashion, appearance, things we have, etc. It must be connected to who we are at the very core of ourselves. What does He see when looking at our hearts? Are we devoted to beautifying the hidden person of the heart?
The qualities God desires in us are to mimic the trends of fashion… here today … gone tomorrow. They are to be imperishable. Imperishable means uncorrupted, not liable to corruption or decay. In other words, anchored.
In this passage, the qualities we are looking at are those in reference to our spirit that springs from the heart. We are to have a gentle and quiet spirit. Gentle and quiet are defined as a spirit in which we accept His dealings with us as good, and therefore without disputing or resisting (Blue Letter Bible). (This IS NOT to be confused with being passive.) It is this that is precious in the sight of God (remember He watches and sees, even those things done behind closed doors).
What type of spirit do we accept the will of God for our lives? Do we trust Him as we say we do? Do we truly have an understanding of what SOVEREIGN means in connection with God? Does He see our spirit, is it precious in His sight?
Do not let your adornment be merely external.
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