Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewellery or fine clothes. Rather, 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 3:3-4 (NIV)
We all know that beauty fades as we get older. Most people notice the passing years when they look in the mirror. Aging is not something that happens to us overnight, it moves along day by day, month by month, year by year. Society at large spends millions trying to keep age at bay, despite us knowing that it is a losing battle.
In Peter’s first letter he mentions ‘outward adornment’, using hairstyles, jewellery and clothes as the examples. If Peter had lived today he probably would have included things like plastic surgery and faddy diets in his list.
Peter knows that true beauty is not outward, but is based on the inner self. I find it encouraging that he talks about ‘unfading beauty’, but he doesn’t apply it to what is happening externally. Peter applies it to a ‘gentle and quiet spirit’.
Society at large doesn’t value a gentle and quiet spirit, but God does!