Outward Beauty or The Beauty Within…….??

1 Peter 3: 3-4
“Don’t be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God.”

Why does Peter spend time on this topic? Because God knows we will all struggle with it! Our culture bombards us with ridiculous amounts of ways to adorn ourselves outwardly, doesn’t it? And we must admit, we fall prey to making our outward appearance all it can be. Does it ever wear you out?

My thought today: searching our hearts to see if we spend the same amount of time on the inner beauty of our hearts and souls as we do our external appearance. If not, why not? Does your outward beauty really bring that much satisfaction and peace? Do you feel more loved if you think you look prettier or have the right outfit on? Do you offer yourself to serve others or are you spending so much time on yourself that doing for others never enters your mind?

I feel like we miss so much of life when we are so concerned with our outward beauty. My challenge to you this week? Notice others instead of yourself. Help someone. Be there for a friend. Make that phone call or write the letter you have been thinking about.

Let God massage your soul and grow your heart.


Jeff & Cheryl Scruggs

Jeff and Cheryl Scruggs are authors, speakers, and Biblical counselors, not LPC's. Their writings include the widely used book I Do Again, which chronicles their thirty-year story of marriage, betrayal, infidelity, divorce, emotional damage and scarring, forgiveness, reconciliation, trust, and remarriage to each other. Jeff and Cheryl are the founders of Hope Matters Marriage Ministries in Dallas. They speak at conferences and weekend worship services in churches across the nation, sharing their love story of hope, redemption, restoration, and God taking hold of their lives. See their website: www.hopeformarriages.com.

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  1. nadia

    i love this. this is a great start to the New Year as so many of us resolve to imporve the exterior of ourselves and our lives, but neglect the interior and things of God. the Lord continually speaks to me Psalm 46:10: "Be still and know that I am God". Gentle and QUIET do not come naturally for me & He constantly reminds me to be still and seek Him.

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