A Gentle & Quiet Spirit

In 1 Thessalonians 4:11, Paul instructs us to “make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business…” Living such a life, Paul says, sets a good example for non-Christians and results in us “lacking nothing” in our own lives.

As Christians, isn’t setting an example that will draw others to Christ what we really want? Don’t we want others to see that Christ really is enough and that with Him we truly lack nothing?

Peter, speaking specifically to women in 1 Peter 3:3-4, adds to this idea by saying that, “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.”

A “gentle and quiet spirit” displays power and strength and draws others to Christ. What’s more is that a woman with such a spirit discovers she holds confidence and unfading beauty that is of great worth in God’s sight.

Isn’t confidence and unfading beauty a desire of all women?

As we continually place our hope in God, we learn to draw from His reservoir of strength. We learn that He truly does provide all that we need to serve with confidence in the place He has sent us, with the gifts He has given us, and in the strength He provides for us.

The root of this hope is obedience and submission, not out of duty or because we are forced, but out of love and because His hope dwells within and richly supplies us with all we need to do everything “as unto the Lord” (Colossians 3:23).

Is your confidence built on your abilities, reputation or beauty, or do you place your confidence in the One who gives you infinite value as a Daughter of the King?

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