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A Gentle And Quiet Spirit

Instead, 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 3:4

 After 47 years of marriage, my husband still can’t understand why it takes me so long to get dressed and “made up” when we are going some place. I admit that I spend a lot of time at my dressing table.

I believe we should always look our best, but Peter teaches us here that our beauty should not come from outer adornment. Our beauty should come from within. In other words, it is what’s inside that really matters.

At the time Peter was writing this passage, somewhere between A.D. 64 and 67, the Romans were in control. A great emphasis was put upon outer appearance. Women spent a lot of time on their hair. Women would build their hair up. They wore jewelry in it. If you look at pictures from the Roman Empire era, you can see how much emphasis was placed on outer beauty.

Think about this. Would you rather deal with a glamour queen or someone who has a sweet nature? Someone who is kind and helpful to you? Someone who displays compassion and gentleness?

Gentleness and quietness are things I yearn for these days. A peace runs through me when I think of gentleness. Our hurried lives and our own mismanagement of time and organization cause confusion.

Maybe some of the confusion and busyness in our lives has caused frustration rather than gentleness. Maybe we are spending too much time on shopping for things we feel will make us look better to the world. People are more impressed with a gentle and quiet spirit. As Peter tells us, gentleness and quietness are of great worth in God’s sight.

Are you spending so much time on your outer appearance that you are neglecting to spend time with God. A gentle and quiet spirit can only be developed by closeness to God.

Gentleness and quietness come from a disciplined strength that leads to great blessings.

A gentle and quiet spirit brings into our lives a beauty that never fades.

Georgia Andrus 

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