Dressing Up—Or Down

Don’t be concerned about
the outward beauty.
    —1 Peter 3:3

Peter apparently conquered his earlier fears, for it took enormous courage to write these words to wives:

“Don’t be concerned about the outward beauty that depends on fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should be known for the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit” (1 Pt 3:3–4).

Peter was married. So, was he telling his wife, “You could use some work on the outside, darling, but you have an inner beauty second to none”—or was it his not-so-disguised attempt to keep her away from the mall?

Whatever you do, dear sisters, develop that inner beauty. And if you can snag something new for your closet, go for it.

And whatever you do, dear brothers, don’t discuss this article with your better half.

Be judicious: there’s a time
to speak and a time not to.