We hope you are enjoying this Labor Day with family and friends. But it is still Monday! Many thanks to those who commented last week with tips on what’s helping them memorize. We love to hear how the Lord is working in your life as you meditate on and memorize His Word. This week I want to share with you a site that is helping me memorize our weekly Scripture. Click here to connect to Scripture Typer. I’ve started my own verse collection with our M & M verses. It’s a great way to learn, review and keep track of the verses I’m memorizing and it’s a positive use of my time on the internet!! I am really amazed at how much quicker I am learning the verses by just using this tool a few times during the week. Of course, daily or almost daily recitation on top of typing the verses is a must!
We’ll be memorizing from the first book of Peter this week. Our verses are found in the middle of Peter’s word to wives in chapter 3 yet they apply to all women.
Here we find two commands. The first instructs us not to let our beauty come from external sources. The Amplified Bible adds the word merely to this verse which shows that Peter is not saying that we are not to be concerned with our outward appearance. But it is very easy to let our outward appearance be our focus, isn’t it? The second instructs us to focus on what makes us truly beautiful. Think about this for a minute. Every woman, no matter her socio-economic status or her physical qualities, can be truly beautiful. True beauty is not external and external beauty doesn’t guarantee someone is truly beautiful. Proverbs 11:22 attests to this. “Like a gold ring in a pig’s snout is a beautiful woman without discretion.”
So what makes a woman truly beautiful? We don’t have to guess! It is “the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit.” True beauty is internal. Unlike external beauty, it will not fade and disappear over time. What is the characteristic of true beauty? It is a gentleness and quietness of spirit. It has nothing to do with our personalities. An introvert doesn’t necessarily possess a gentle and quiet spirit and being an extrovert doesn’t disqualify one from having such a spirit either. It’s a matter of the heart.
We could delve so much deeper into looking at this matter of a gentle and quiet spirit but that is not for today. Take a few minutes when you have a moment to look at part 3 of Sue’s Building Your Home series where she shares on this as well.
Here is a question for us to ask ourselves this week as we meditate on this verse. Where am I focused? Is it on external beauty or on developing the beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit which in God’s sight is very precious?