When thinking on Scriptures about womanhood, one particular line has always stood out in my mind – when God describes how a woman can be precious in His sight.
“Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear—but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious.” 1 Peter 3:3-4
There’s a tenderness to these verses, a sweet note that reveals to us how we as women please our Heavenly Father and King—through our character.
Inside this little definition of godly womanhood there are no commandments for action, no requirements for what activities to do, but rather a proper attitude of service.
In context, Peter is directing this Word to wives, but all of us can glean wisdom from such a delightful description—God loves women with inner beauty. It’s about the heart hidden inside – the spirit that is imperishable.God loves women with inner beauty. May we cultivate it through His Word. Click To Tweet
God’s picture of womanhood – while lovely – is not always easy for me. My natural tendencies go against what He desires, like when I doubt my husband or panic at the slightest change in plans. Thank the Lord that His mercy renews each morning.
If we keep pursuing to walk with the Spirit, confessing our sin and cherishing the grace of His throne, He is faithful to shape us into Christlike women.
“He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it.” 1 Thessalonians 5:24
Come take a closer look at what this inner beauty is, at what God seeks for us as we seek to be His daughters in Christ. As you’ll see, all the qualities are interconnected through faith.
The Greek word for “gentle” in this passage most literally means mildness of disposition, or meekness. This is not to be confused with passivity, but to be understood as a peacefulness of spirit that comes from a trust in God’s goodness. It responds to others in deference and love.
Nearly synonymous with gentleness, this again emphasizes the need for reverent behavior. Rather than stirring up strife or calling for attention, the quiet woman is secure in God’s love and seeks to serve Him and her home without resistance. Having a humble confidence in the Lord, she reacts to life thoughtfully and with grace.
Moving past verse 4, more qualities appear in 5 and 6.
“For this is how the holy women who hoped in God used to adorn themselves, by submitting to their own husbands, as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord. And you are her children, if you do good and do not fear anything that is frightening.” 1 Peter 3:5-6
We can have a gentle and quiet heart because we hope in the Lord, knowing He works things for our good. Following the footsteps of the biblical matriarchs, we honor God when we respect the guidance of those He has placed in our lives – whether it be our parents, husband, or spiritual mentors.
The hope of heaven is so real to the godly woman, giving her a warmth and strength that inspires her family and neighbors.
This is perhaps the most difficult – we are instructed to “do good.” It seems so simple, and yet such a calling involves the daily grind of self-denial and selflessness for our homes and ministries.
Faithfulness must define our character —not daydreams, secret sins, or selfish ambition—the easy temptations in our world of instant gratification and feminism. Instead, let us put on good works – ones that may not have fireworks but bring joy to our Savior. From diaper-changing to praying for our husband to crying with a friend, we can be holy women who bring God’s Word to life.
Finally, we can be courageous in the Lord, in all things. The world equates being fearless with being a risk-taker, but the Bible provides a definition of greater substance and sweetness.
Because Christ has freed us from sin and shame, we can walk confidently before God. As His redeemed daughters, we trust Him and like the Proverbs 31 woman are without fear of the future, because He is steadfast. There’s no fear of failure or misfortune, because we know He can carry us through our daily trials. He, and He alone, is enough.
All of these behaviors bless our husbands and our homes, our churches and friends, but most of all our Lord. May we be precious in His sight as we grow in His grace!