When my adorning comes from my physical appearance it puts me on display and asks people to admire me. It is so natural for me to adorn myself and to promote myself. It is the way that seems right, but leads to death.

But a gentle and quiet spirit and following Sarah’s example of submission does something very different. In several passages, submission to authorities is linked with displaying the gospel as beautiful.

  • …that the word of God may not be reviled. ~ Titus 2:5
  • …so that in everything they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior. ~ vs. 10
  • …so that even if [your husbands] do not obey the word, they may be won without a word by the conduct of their wives, when they see your respectful and pure conduct. ~ 1 Peter 3:1-2

Inward adorning puts the gospel on display.

It is not so much about whether or not I’m fixing my hair. It is a matter of my heart: What do I long to make people see as beautiful? The psalmist teaches me to cry out so that I might begin to long for people to be infinitely more attracted to Jesus than to me, that I might seek to adorn God’s word instead of myself.

Incline my heart to your testimonies,
and not to selfish gain!
~Psalm 119:37

Read a related post by Nicole Whitacre at the GirlTalk Blog: “Nothing Evil to Say”

 

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