The beauty bias…

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1 Peter 3:1 Wives…Do not adorn yourselves outwardly by braiding your hair, and by wearing gold ornaments or fine clothing; rather, let your adornment be the inner self with the lasting beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in God’s sight.

As the father of two daughters, ages 22 and 16, this passage speaks to me. So much of a woman’s sense of worth can be tied up in how she looks – at least these are the signals that our broader culture projects onto women (onto men as well, but much more so for women). It’s a terribly destructive cultural bias. I’ve seen my daughters wrestle with this their whole lives, and when I read this passage, I gather this is not a new problem. I very much appreciate Peter’s counsel:

“let your adornment be the inner self with the lasting beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in God’s sight”

Heavenly Father, this morning I pray for all those who suffer from a low sense of self-worth due to their physical appearance. Give us grace to look beyond the surface to see the real substance of people, male and female. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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