April 24th, 2019
Inward Beauty Appeals to Hearts
1 Peter 3:3 (KJB) Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel.
We just read some verses yesterday from the Old Testament about the Israelites removing their gold rings, necklaces, and earring at the nudging of their leaders, Aaron (at the disgust of God and Moses) and later under the direction of Gideon. Not only did the people remove their items of gold displayed upon their bodies but they melted it all down forming the gold into an idol which they chose to worship.
Today we are looking at the New Testament specifically at what the Apostle Peter has to say about the desire to adorn ourselves with jewels, flashy apparel, and the fancy fixing of their hair. You see, many of us are like the ancient Israelites, we like to make our outer appearance pleasant and palatable to the eyes. However, Peter directs us not to lather ourselves up with layers of makeup, wear lots of flashy attire, or adorn ourselves with lots of gold.
You see, God’s Word does not speak against our outer image being beautiful. Nor is owning jewels or dressy clothes a sin. However, a person who has his or her heart right with God will not make a spectacle of himself or choose to worship material items, for his desire will be to honor and glorify God.
A sincere child of God will naturally shine and attract God pleasing attention because of the presence and power of God at work in his or her heart rather than in any attempt he or she makes in drawing fans and admirers because of their application of fancy outward adornments.