In the eyes of The beholder

Your beauty should not consist of outward things like elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold ornaments or fine clothes.  Instead, it should consist of what is inside the heart with the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very valuable in God’s eyes.    1 Peter 3:3-4

Praise God for His beauty and truth!  When we put our hope in God our hearts are freed up to be beautiful! When our hearts are free to love, our image is absolutely radiant.   I do not take Peter’s words as a prohibition toward outward beauty practices.  However, our primary effort should not rest with trying to be pleasing based on our outward appearance.  You may be thinking this is hardly worth mentioning but search your heart and determine if it is true.

What is precious in God’s eyes is the fruit that results from our cleansed hearts.  Hearts washed by the purifying water of His word.  What a refreshing act our hearts so desperately need!  The imperishable quality of a gentle (accepting God’s dealings with us as good and therefore we have no need to dispute or resist) and quiet (peaceable) spirit is very valuable in God’s eyes.  This behavior results from a heart yielded to the Holy Spirit.

The divinely intended life for wives is focused on the beauty of the heart.  I pray we can discern the depth of contrast between the beauty that is valuable in God’s eyes verses the beauty our fleshly eyes behold and seek it to exhaustion.  Shall we have such beautiful hearts that our husbands find us completely “delightful”?  I know our husbands appreciate us being attractive – just as we appreciate their efforts.   I also know that as we seek to please God with our hearts our husbands benefit greatly.

Psalms 33:15,21  He alone shapes their hearts; He considers all their works.  For our hearts rejoice in Him because we trust in His holy name.

May the Lord direct your hearts to God’s love and Christ’s endurance as we seek to be our husband’s delight.

Amanda

What is some fruit you think your husband might enjoy seeing as your heart is washed clean?  Please post to help encourage others!

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