Whether you are married or not, Peter has some good advice: The beauty of your character is your greatest asset. No matter what people say about you or do to you, your character says the most about who you are. The decisions you make when no one is watching determine the depth and nature of your character.
The more genuine you are in your walk with Christ and in your relationships with others, the more God will be able to use you as an encourager.
Speaking directly to wives with unbelieving husbands, Peter reminds them of the importance of letting their inner beauty shine brightly. He writes:
Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, . . . Rather, 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. (1 Peter 3:3-4)
As we respond to the call God places on our lives as believers, we cannot ignore the importance of living a life beyond reproach. The world can strip away all our worldly possessions, but it cannot take our names, what our names represent, nor the character associated with them.
The more genuine you are in your walk with Christ and in your relationships with others, the more God will be able to use you as an encourager. Your credibility will rise. People will acknowledge you as a person of authority because you not only talk about Jesus, you live for Him. As we spread the Gospel to a world desperate for the Truth, we must make sure our actions align with our words.
For the wife of an unbeliever, this passage in 1 Peter 3 is heavy, yet full of hope. It is possible to see the hardest of hearts softened and dramatically transformed through the power of God's love.
Prayer: Lord, help me live a life honoring and pleasing to You today, that others might see You genuinely at work in me and give You glory. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
"Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble" (1 Peter 3:8).