Inner Beauty Vs. Outer Beauty

December 08, 2007

“Your adornment must not be merely external…but let it be the hidden person of the heart…” – I Peter 3:3-4

The world puts a lot of focus on women’s beauty: makeup, jewelry, clothing, and of course, the right hairstyle. And don’t forget taking care of her body! Certainly, men are drawn to beauty in a woman, and women know beauty is power.

But God’s Word says something interesting to women: “Let not your adornment be merely external–but let it be the hidden person of the heart.” God’s Word is reminding every woman that outward beauty is temporal, but inner beauty from godly character and spirit is imperishable. Think about older ladies whose countenance becomes more beautiful with age.

God isn’t saying, “Don’t be concerned about making the most of your appearance.” You should, for I assure you, the man in your life wants you to be. But God wants women to remember the only type of beauty that lasts. He wants you to focus, most of all, on godly beauty that gives a woman lasting splendor that grows greater with age.