Putting God's Word into Practice…

1 Peter 3:4 A Gentle and Quiet Spirit

on November 20, 2013

“But let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious.”

For the first time ever, I feel like the Lord has given me a clearer grasp on the meaning of this verse.  For years I have read this verse and felt poorly of myself as a woman of God.  I’ve allowed Satan to twist the meaning of it and use it to cause me despair at ever being able to “measure up” to what is precious to God.  I have read the words, “gentle and quiet” and thought, “boisterous and loud” would better describe my personality. Why can’t I be different!?

Having a gentle and quiet spirit is NOT being quiet, mousey, having unformed opinions, being afraid  to express anything, speaking just above a whisper with the lilt and tones of an old-fashioned Disney princess or fairy!

A gentle and quiet spirit happens in the heart.  A woman who has a gentle and quiet spirit trusts in her God (1 Peter 3:5).  His character and promises give inner confidence.  She does not fear anything (1 Peter 3:6) because her hope in God fills her with perfect, unexplainable peace.

The inner spirit is truly beautiful and precious to God and others.  It only gets more beautiful with time.  This is the beauty that I need to be cultivating.  The world’s opinion of beauty is unattainable, constantly changing, ever-fading and requires huge investments.  God calls His women to be more, and only by knowing and experiencing Him can our beauty be real and lasting.

This new focus may change my personality and speech, or I still may be boisterous and loud! And that’s okay!  We are called throughout the Bible to shout for joy, proclaim God’s excellencies, and speak of His greatness.  There is nothing quiet about that!!!  When we experience the joy that comes from inner peace and confidence in our great God, it is something to shout about!!

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