Our daily devotional for today is exploring the concept of the kingdom of God being peace within the believer.
Peace Comes From A Quiet Inner Self
Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.
- 1 Peter 3:3-4
Before anyone gets too excited about how this passage is applied let me assure you that I am well aware that Peter was primarily addressing women, but the principles are the same whether we’re talking about men or women.
Peter is contrasting the way we look to others on the physical side with how we look before God on the spiritual side. God is not really concerned about whether you braid your hair or brush it out straight, but he is very concerned about what motivates you to do what you do and look the way you look.
We have all known very beautiful and well dressed women as well as handsome and well dressed men who, when we met them, we did not notice what they were wearing but we were impressed by their presence. It was their inner person that touched us before we even noticed how the outer person looked. That is what Paul is addressing in this passage.
If our inner peace is determined by whether others approve of us then we will always be trying to look and act in a way that is pleasing to others. Having that concern produces anxiety and destroys our inner peace. We cannot be anxious about how others accept us and maintain a quiet, peaceful inner person.
There is a peace that comes through committing our life to Christ in such a way that our inner self is content with being gentle and quiet. When we can accept the fact that God loves and accepts us just as we are and we don’t have to prove anything to him or others, then his peace can rule in our inner person.
Prayer: Lord, help me to not be as concerned about how I am perceived by others as I about whether your peace dwells in my inner person. In Jesus name, amen.
Principle: There is a peace that comes through committing our life to Christ in such a way that our inner self is content with being gentle and quiet
Affirmation: I am content with the person God has made me into and I am at peace with my inner self.
Reflection: In our passage today Peter is addressing how our inner person affects how we adorn our outer person. What others ways does our inner person affect our life?
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