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Read Introduction to 1 Peter

 

“Rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God.”

 

Verse four tells how a woman wins her husband.
 
Rather let it be the hidden person of the heart,
 
Peter’s interest is not in what the adorning of the Christian wife should be but where it should be. Beauty is in the personality.
But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7). 
The word “hidden” is a medical term meaning the most deep-seated aspect of a person. The “hidden person” is the soul or seat of the personality. A woman’s beauty should be in the deepest, most inmost part of her being. The most significant aspect of her beauty is what is inside her. Put priority on making your soul beautiful rather than making your body beautiful.
 
If a woman is to win her husband, whether she is a Christian or not, she does it by inner beauty. The wonderful thing about this is that she can decide to become beautiful inside at any point in her life.
 
The wife has a responsibility to fulfil the husband. The husband has a responsibility to fulfil the wife. This is a cycle – not a vicious cycle. Neither is this going around in circles. It is simply a cycle. Both have responsibilities to each other. At this point we are just looking at the wife’s responsibility to her husband.
 
PRINCIPLE:
Christian women should develop beauty from within her spiritual being.
APPLICATION:
Grace makes a beautiful woman. That which is on the inside will shine on the outside. No amount of make-up or clothing will make up for inner ugliness. Are you hard to get along with? Are you filled with yourself? Are you filled with pride? Are you quick to anger?
Anyone can dress up and look good. A woman who depends exclusively on physical beauty is only half beauty. God wants us to be adorned from within. The Christian woman’s beauty should come from her inner spiritual disposition.
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