Peter is not telling women that we should not care how we look. Instead, we should not emphasize outward appearances. God doesn’t care if we wear expensive name brand clothes and have the latest hairstyle. He doesn’t care if we have the biggest diamond or perfectly matched accessories for our outfit. There is no sin in wearing these things, as long as they do not put us in a financial bind or stop us from being able to give a tithe. When these kinds of things become more important to us than our relationship with God, then we make these things idols, and that is definitely sinning. What God is concerned with is inside us, and Peter says that a gentle and quiet spirit is an imperishable quality that is very valuable in God’s eyes. Discuss together what a gentle and quiet spirit looks like and determine if these are qualities you possess or identify areas that you need to work on.
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
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