(Today’s post by Chris Queen)
1 Peter 3:1-12
There’s so much going on in 1 Peter 3 that I’m going to jump right in. First, Peter starts by tackling some marital issues. I’m not going to comment on them, largely because as a single man I generally don’t give out much unsolicited advice on marriage, but also because I don’t want any guys quoting me when your wife makes you sleep on the couch. (“Come on honey! Chris Queen said so. It’s the New Normal…endorsed by Trey Bailey!”)
Instead, I’m going to look at some advice he gives the ladies and show how it applies to us guys too.
3 Don’t be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. 4 You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God. 5 This is how the holy women of old made themselves beautiful.
Now, Peter’s not saying here that women should go around looking like Rhea Perlman (please, no) or dressing like Clarice Starling in Silence of the Lambs. What he is saying is that ladies should find their worth in what’s inside rather than in outward appearance. When that inner radiance outshines the outer façade, a woman is truly beautiful.
There’s a lesson for us guys here, too. We don’t need the nicest watch, a new Braves hat, or a hot new truck to find our worth. Our true worth comes from the Holy Spirit living inside of us. Having nice things is wonderful, but if try to find our worth in them, we will come up empty every time. (Oh, and later on in the chapter, Peter tells husbands to be considerate of your wives and treat them with respect. There’s your marriage advice.)
Do you try to find your worth in outward appearances or material possessions? Or do you look to the Holy Spirit inside you to determine your identity? How can you do better at finding your worth on the inside instead of the outside?