Shh Beauty … Be Quiet

{By Lana Jackson}

This scripture used to bother me. A lot.

Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle andquiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.

1 Peter 3:3-4

I remember reading this scripture when I was in my teenage years. It puzzled me. I remember thinking: is Peter instructing women not to accessorize, attempt a fish-tail braid, and make silence our personal ambition in social circles? It seemed to me that God made women with this innate desire to be beautiful and with a desire to talk?

Why does it seem like this verse is contrary to my very nature?

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