With all the emphasis on women being the “weaker vessel” and being subject to their husbands, I thought that I should remind us women that we actually possess great power. I am reminded of Moses who is called the meekest man on earth, yet he was a powerful leader. What is this power that women possess? It is the power that stems from a meek and quiet spirit. In 1 Peter 3:4, Peter addresses women and says, “…let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious.”

Yes, a wife’s meek and quiet spirit wields more power over her husband than her physical appearance. The power of external beauty is very limited. According to 1 Peter 3, the inner beauty we wives should work to cultivate is the unfading beauty of a meek and quiet spirit. The meekness Peter describes for us is the wife’s manner of submitting to her husband’s authority. Imagine the strength and power of a race horse submitting to the directions of her jockey. This is a picture of wife’s meekness. It is power under control. In addition, her quiet spirit pictures her attitude toward her husband in general. Notice that Peter does NOT say wives must keep quiet and not speak or be shy and invisible. The meek and quiet spirit spoken of here is often found in women with outgoing, bubbly and vivacious personalities. Again, what we are talking about is the work of Jesus Christ in our hearts creating a pleasant disposition.

The woman with a meek and quiet spirit does not insist on her own rights, is not pushy, assertive or demanding. She submits herself to God and honors Him by her behavior and attitude toward her husband. Submission is not the ability to grit your teeth. I’m reminded of the child who says, “I’m sitting on the outside, but I’m standing on the inside.” That is not submission. Possessing a meek and quiet spirit is a willingness to joyfully embrace God’s will for my life and His design for building my happy home. It is a Christian grace the world cannot understand. This is real beauty. It is God’s glory shining out of us. It is a beauty that will never fade.

Kathy Larsen
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