1 Peter 3:4: But Let Your Adorning Be The Hidden Person Of The Heart With The Imperishable Beauty Of A Gentle And Spirit, Which In God's Sight Is Very Precious.
Peter is telling believing women how they look beautiful for the men in their lives. You might say, "Wait a minute, Men? Plural?" Of course! There should be two men in the life of a married Christian woman whom she wants to be beautiful for. First and foremost, she will want to be beautiful for her Lord, Jesus Christ. She is part of the Church, the bride of Christ. Also, she will want to be beautiful for her husband.
I love how Peter describes the beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit as being imperishable. As mentioned in the previous verses, women are encouraged to reject the world's understanding of beauty which is outward and external. That kind of beauty is contrasted with a beauty that is imperishable. The beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit is not given to decay.
We all know that time is not friendly to our physical bodies. We are daily wasting away. To obsess with external beauty will become more difficult as time alters the physical beauty of our external bodies. Yet, the internal beauty a woman can possess can actually become increasingly more beautiful. As God continues to do a work in us by his Holy Spirit we begin to reflect more of the beauty of God within us.
While we can agree to the truth of what the Apostle Peter is saying, it is still very difficult to live out. As a man, I can honestly say that one of the most beautiful things that I have seen in my wife is her becoming more and more like Christ. This inner beauty makes her even more attractive to me than anything else that Makeup, hair products, jewelry, clothing, or anything else can provide.
Ladies, be beautiful. Allow the Holy Spirit to do a work in you, bringing out that gentle and quiet spirit. Men, look for the inner beauty in your wife, and help her to grow in that beauty.