You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God. 1Peter 3:4
This is a wonderful and comforting verse for women of any age. Looking back on my life, this is something I wish I would have fully understood when I was young. I love what Peter is saying here, Your beauty should not come from outward adornment. This is not to say we shouldn’t be beautiful, but he’s saying we need to redefine our idea of what being beautiful is!
A women’s heart that is resting fully in the faithfulness of God is gentle and quiet; it is not stirred up with worry and anxiety.
This is something we cannot do on our own! We cannot even begin to develop a “gentle and quiet spirit” without totally surrendering our will to Jesus Christ and certainly not without the help of His Word. (Romans 12:1-2)
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God–this is your true and proper worship. Rom 12 1-2
We also need the help of the indwelling Holy Spirit. He is the One who reveals the Fruit of the Spirit in our lives. (Galatians 5:22-23) That fruit will become much more evident if we feed it with God’s Word, prayer, and a lot of self-discipline.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things, there is no law. Galatians 5 22-23
Ladies, this is a beauty that cannot fade away. It’s a beauty that you don’t have to go through all kinds of cosmetic surgery or makeup routines to preserve. It’s something that gets sweeter and richer and more beautiful as you age.
I don’t know about you, but I want that kind of beauty? A beauty that comes from God who is the giver of fruitfulness. Left to ourselves, we will never have the fruit of gentleness. That’s why we need to draw upon His sufficiency. He’s the giver of fruitfulness. He’s the one who produces the fruit of the Spirit in our lives.
You see, physical charm, physical beauty those things are all an illusion. They’re fleeting. They’re momentary. They can lure, but they won’t last. The thing that lasts is a relationship with God. That’s got to be the number one focus and priority of our life if we are going to be the women that God made us to be.
Dear Heavenly Father, Help us to so trust You that we rest completely in Your goodness, grace, and guidance. Help us adorn ourselves with a “gentle and quiet spirit” so we can be precious in Your sight in all areas of our lives. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Will you choose to please God today by maintaining that “gentle and quiet spirit.?”