Read: 1 Peter 3:1-7
• Walking through most check-out lanes in local grocery stores would convince you that Americans are obsessed with beauty. Our local department stores carry aisles and aisles of cosmetics and other beauty aids. There is an entire industry devoted to recreating beauty that has faded and wrinkled. Over 10 billion dollars was spent on cosmetic surgeries in each of the past two years.
• That being said, there is nothing wrong with outward beauty. And, there is nothing wrong with reasonable attempts to maintain that beauty. The danger comes when the outward beauty is our only concern. Peter reminds these Christian wives that there is something far deeper, more meaningful and more powerful than outward appearance.
• That which makes the difference is inner beauty. God values a meek (not weak) and quiet spirit that reflects His heart. This kind of beauty does not perish. This beauty is what holy women of God seek to develop, maintain, and model. One way that modeling occurs is when women live with their husbands according to God’s direction–demonstrating the servant spirit of Jesus.
• Describe your attitude toward outward beauty. Honestly, how important is it to you?
• How do you explain to a twelve-year-old what beauty really consists of? How would you help young parents teach their children how to evaluate and value real beauty?
• What do you see as the connection between inner and outer beauty? Why is inner beauty such a powerful witness?
Pray: Ask God to help you appreciate true beauty. Pray that you are helping others to have a Biblical view of beauty. Ask God to use our Christian wives as powerful witness to their non-Christian spouses.