Let not yours be the [merely] external adorning with [elaborate] interweaving and knotting of the hair, the wearing of jewelry, or changes of clothes; but let it be the inward adorning and beauty of the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible and unfading charm of a gentle and peaceful spirit, which [is not anxious or wrought up, but] is very precious in the sight of God.
— 1 Peter 3:3-4 (AMPC)
Sometimes we’re more concerned with outward things than we should be, and not nearly concerned enough about our inner life. If we paraphrase today’s Scripture, it could say, “God may like your outfit, but He isn’t nearly as concerned about your outer appearance as He is with the inner condition of your heart.”
It’s critically important that we live our lives with godly character and the inner qualities that matter to God. Most people spend a lot of time getting dressed each morning and making sure they look just right, and that’s a good trait. But we should first and foremost spend time making sure we’re right in our thoughts and attitudes, because we can’t have good behavior unless we begin with a right heart attitude.
Take some time each morning to “set your mind” in the right direction. Confess any sin you’ve committed, forgive anyone you’re offended with, and give all your cares and worries to God. With your mind set in the right direction, you’ll be an amazing example of peace to others throughout the day.
Prayer Starter: Father, help me develop such inner strength and peace that I can handle every situation in a way that represents You well to others. Thank You for giving me Your grace to keep a right attitude today. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
The Elevation Church (TEC) has been set up by God to develop its members as witnesses of Christ while empowering them to achieve the highest levels of distinction in life, led by Pastor Godman Akinlabi, the church is based in Nigeria with multiple expressions in Lagos.