Early one morning this past winter, I found this beautiful spider web outside my front door. Overnight, the web froze and as the sun shone through its crystals, a beautiful sight could be seen.
I love when unusual beauty is right in front of me.
As I thought of unusual beauty, I was reminded of the passage in 1 Peter where a woman’s beauty is discussed. Submission, behavior, purity, reverence, gentleness, quiet spirit, holiness, hopeful, obedience, and fearlessness are all signs of inner beauty.
“Wives, in the same way submit yourselves to your own husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives, when they see the purity and reverence of your lives. Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry 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. For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to adorn themselves. They submitted themselves to their own husbands, like Sarah, who obeyed Abraham and called him her lord. You are her daughters if you do what is right and do not give way to fear.” 1 Peter 3:1-6
These six verses set a high standard for women to follow. But as we work toward building these characteristics in our lives, we find great worth in God’s sight.
And not only will we find great worth in God’s sight, but our Godly lives will help to win over an unbelieving husband. Our actions do speak louder than words!
The holy women of the past who have lived their lives by these guidelines are great examples for us to follow. Sarah was the example given here, but I’m sure you know of someone like Sarah. A holy woman who has allowed the Holy Spirit to lead them through the submission process to be a beautiful woman.
So where do you think you are in this process? The process of becoming a beautiful woman in God’s eyes? Using this passage as a guideline, evaluate yourself in regard to each of these characteristics. Ask the Holy Spirit to work through you on developing each of them.
It will take some time. It is a process. But isn’t being of great worth in God’s eyes worth it? I believe so.
That frozen spider web didn’t last long. It was gone as the warmth of the day emerged. Unlike the spider web, our Godly lives can live on for generations because of the beauty that is within. I pray this can be said of me by those who follow.
Grace and peace be yours in abundance,