By Wayne Braudrick

“Your beauty should not consist of outward things like elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold ornaments or fine clothes. Instead, it should consist of what is inside the heart with imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very valuable in God’s eyes.”

(1 Peter 3:3-4 HCSB)

Inner beauty

I recently taught through Peter’s brilliant scripture on inner beauty and received this great note from a friend on the subject:

“Love the ideas here. I was thinking about an English professor I had in college who we called “La Bruja,” (witch in Spanish). She had severe black hair parted down the center, wore only business suits and black pumps and even had a large nose and beady eyes. She was to say the least, intimidating! However, over the course of the semester, she became to me an enchantress of the highest order, my Galadriel! Her beautiful mind opened up for me the glories of the Bronte sisters, Thomas Hardy and Charles Dickens. By the end of that class, not only did I find her one of the most fascinating, brilliant and poetic persons that I had ever met, but also one of the most beautiful! Her inner intellectual light and delight completely transformed her rather severe features into a medium of grace to me and to my classmates. We had all been afraid of our prof because of her stern appearance, but after being confronted by her greater mind and heart, we all thought her thoroughly lovely. This was the first time in my life that I understood true beauty’s source was the spirit.”

That note moved me to pray for myself and each of us: that through God’s work in us many more people would understand that beauty’s true source is the spirit.

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