Beauty That Never Fades

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…the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit
is of great worth in God’s sight.
1 Peter 3:4b

Most of us spend a great deal of time and money on our outward appearance.  A portion of our day is devoted to preparing ourselves for “public appearance.”  We spend time grooming, shaving, tweezing, moisturizing, drying, brushing, combing, and powdering.  We carefully apply make-up and select our outfit and coordinating accessories.  For some of us, this is a time-consuming process and one that we would never omit from our day.  When we are finally ready to step out of our homes, every detail is in perfect order, from the tops of our heads to the tips of our toes.

While we care deeply about the image we portray to the world, God’s word tells us in 1 Peter 3:3-4 that what matters most is not your outward appearance – the styling of your hair, the jewelry you wear or the cut of your clothes.  What He cares about is your inner disposition.

 Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes.  
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.” 1 Peter 3:3-4

Just as we devote a portion of our day to taking care of our outward appearance, we should also spend time attending to our inner self.  The more time you spend reading God’s word and talking with Him in prayer, the more you will radiate His spirit from within.  Your relationship with Christ will be evident in your attitude, your words, your actions and your gentle spirit.  You will shine with a light from within, and others will be drawn to Christ.

 “Those who look to him for help will be radiant with joy; no shadow of shame will darken their faces.” Psalm 34:5
 

True beauty begins inside.

 

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