That Imperishable Quality

3 Your adornment must not be merely external—braiding the hair, and wearing gold jewelry, or putting on dresses; 4 but let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is precious in the sight of God. 5 For in this way in former times the holy women also, who hoped in God, used to adorn themselves, being submissive to their own husbands; 6 just as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord, and you have become her children if you do what is right without being frightened by any fear (1 Peter 3).

All physical beauty will ultimately fade—whether hair, jewelry, or raiment—but imperishable is the beauty of “a gentle and quiet spirit” buried deep within “the hidden person of the heart.” How sad to see women putting all their effort to getting men to notice the perishable without, while all the while longing for them to appreciate who they really are inside.

What they win them with is what they will keep them with. If they win them with their looks, then they must keep them with their looks. But if they win them with their hearts, they will keep them with their hearts. The former takes much more work and often fails, for men will always be prone to seek a new and shinier model. The latter comes much easier and never fails, for men will continue to be drawn to the gentle and quiet spirit of a loving wife who lives in godly submission. It is that imperishable quality that always conquers.

Lord, bless our homes This Day and every day with women with this imperishable quality. Amen.