Developing Inward Beauty
by Charles R. Swindoll
Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain,
but a woman who fears the LORD,
she shall be praised.
External beauty is ephemeral. Internal beauty is eternal. The former is attractive to the world; the latter is pleasing to God.
Peter describes this inner beauty as a "gentle and quiet spirit" ( ). This might be paraphrased "a gentle tranquility."
Without question, this is any woman's most powerful quality—true character.
And such character comes from within—from the hidden person of the heart—because you know who you are and you know who you adore and serve, the Lord Christ.
Outward adornment doesn't take a great deal of time. I've seen women do it in a few minutes on their way to work in the morning.
But it takes a lifetime to prepare and develop the hidden person of the heart.
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