Your beauty should come from within you.

It is not fancy hair, gold jewelry, or fine clothes that should make you beautiful. No, your beauty should come from within you—the beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit that will never be destroyed and is very precious to God. [1Peter 3:3-4 NCV]

Though written to women, I think these verses are applicable to all who follow Jesus. If men were the target of Paul's advice, he might speak to how power and position, as well as fast cars and big televisions, stroke a man's ego. In reality, men are often more vain than women about their appearance. Not that I have any personal experience with vanity. ツ

I love how Paul speaks to us about a beauty that comes from within. When he speaks about "a gentle and quiet spirit", I am reminded of the fruit the Holy Spirit in our lives. Spiritual fruit makes all the difference in winning over a husband, wife or friend. Really, who can resist the power of love? Or the gentle patience of a caring relative or friend?

Help me Lord love what is precious to you Lord. Help me to flow with the Holy Spirit within me.

... this devotion is part of an ongoing series on the epistles of Peter.

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