Beauty Secret

by Jan Silvious

If I were to tell you that I know of a beauty regimen guaranteed to make you irresistibly attractive, you would beat a path to my door. The truth is, I do! And it's available to you at no cost.

Simply open your Bible to the book of 1 Peter, where the apostle is addressing married women. In suggesting how they could win their husbands, he writes: "Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. Instead, 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. For this is the way the holy women of the past, who put their hope in God, used to make themselves beautiful" (1 Pet. 3:3-5).

Any woman would be intrigued with the promise of "unfading beauty," but there is a greater reason for the value of this passage. Peter says that "a gentle and quiet spiritis of great worth in God's sight." Here is a beauty plan endorsed and valued by God Himself!

Apparently, gentleness is not wimpish, because David encouraged his field commanders to "be gentle" (2 Sam. 18:5) with his son Absalom, even though he was in rebellion against his father and intended to overthrow him. Later on, the boy was killed and David's heart was broken.

In Matthew, Jesus is described as "gentle and mild." Although Jesus had the power to create the world, He controlled His strength for the sake of others. Gentleness is holding back your strength and your rights, when it would be to another's benefit.

Gentleness can become a lifestyle-one that is very precious in the sight of God.

God says if you are to be pleasing to Him when you are confronted with a tense situation, you will speak with gentleness. "A gentle answer turns away wrath" (Prov. 15:1). And in Ephesians: "I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace" (Eph. 4:1-3).

What is your gentleness quotient? Have you snapped at those you love the most? Have you given a sharp answer to the one you have been praying would come to know the Lord? Has your patience warn thin with your circumstances? Have you used the strength of your personality and your verbal prowess to win a battle of words with someone in your family-or with a friend? God says it is worth the effort to bring your put-down power under control, because it is of great value to Him.

The women of Israel must have learned well. We know that Sarah was a beautiful woman, who charmed her husband well into her nineties! And she did it not with exotic creams and fine clothes but with her gentle and quiet spirit.

From The 5-Minute Devotional ©Zondervan 1991

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