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April 8, 2016

Friday

 

1 Peter 3:3-4

 

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.

 

 

LESSON

 

Peter was not telling wives to refrain from giving attention to their physical appearances (specifically: coiffure, jewelry, and dress), as the NASB makes clear. His point was that this should not be their total or primary concern. He urged the cultivation of the inner person as well. Beauty is more than skin deep. He contrasted what human society values and what God values. A “gentle” disposition and a tranquil “spirit” can make even a plain woman very attractive, not only to God but to men.

What is true beauty? Who has it? How do you get it? Everyone was designed by God to be extraordinarily beautiful. More important is the unfading beauty of a quiet and gentle spirit that is of great value to God.

 

Memory Verse: 1 Timothy 2:9

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