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Vanity's Fare

Vanity's Fare

Words of Faith 2-5-2020

Dr. Jeffrey D. Hoy © 2020

Jeff.Hoy@faithfellowshipweb.com

Faith Fellowship Church - Melbourne, FL

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1 Peter 3

      [3] Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. [4] 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. [5] For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to make themselves beautiful. They were submissive to their own husbands, [6] like Sarah, who obeyed Abraham and called him her master. You are her daughters if you do what is right and do not give way to fear.

 

        Wives? Outward adornment? Gentle and quiet spirit?  Well, we might as well get it over with and do everything possible to inflame a gender war this week through these devotions!

        Actually, this message from Peter is remarkably relevant to both genders and more so today than ever.  To our culture, so preoccupied with appearance and youthfulness, Peter declares once again: It's what's inside that counts.  Peter does not suggest that outward adornment is forbidden. He just reminds us not to think that genuine beauty can come from such things.

        The NASB translates this verse: "And let not your adornment be merely external