Beauty has become the demand of many. Acceptance is linked to beauty. Fair skin tone is considered superior. Holding such a biased temperament has pulled people and make them a prey to the upcoming beauty industry. There was a spurious upsurge in cosmetic use, skin treatments, beauty packages and what not.
Next comes the jewellery and clothings. The society has pushed us to the point that we give importance to such intricate things. Shopping is available at the tip of your finger unlike olden days when we have to set aside a day for shopping with lots of planning.
Skin tone, clothing, jewellery and hairstyle are immortal. They would all fade away. What is tue beauty?
1 Peter 3:3-5
“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 and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to adorn themselves”
- A person with gentle spirit would understand the people around and would be able to think from their shoes.
- A person with a gentle spirit would not have difficulty in forgiving and showing forbearance.
- A person with a gentle spirit is benevolent and good-natured.
- A person with a gentle spirit is compassionate and sympathetic.
- A person with a gentle spirit is clement, considerate and loving.
Hope in God
Hope in God is necessary for one to hold a gentle spirit. Only when you trust your God that he would fight can you sit back with a gentle spirit. Complete dependence on God breeds gentle spirit. Because if you are not going to trust him you would explode and react to situations rather than holding a gentle spirit. So when you are unable to hold a gentle spirit then check your hope levels. If your hope levels are low you are likely to lose your gentle spirit. When your hope levels are high then your gentle spirit would be intact.
Check your hope levels when your gentleness is tampered
True unfading beauty is your inner nature rather than your outwards adornment. A women with a gentle spirit who trusts on the Lord is considered world beauty.
This a continuation of my previous blog titled “Gentleness” where we discusssed that meekness and weakness are not the same. Meekness is never degrading oneself. But meekness is waiting on the Lord to work in your regard. Meekness never takes revenge, but waits for divine intervention.
Let’s us not think that they are incapable or weak to taking revenge but they chose to be meek. The Bible says that the people who depict meekness are blessed and their reward is great.
‘Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth’ Matt 5:5.
A person with meekness might look like a weak worm in human eyes yet that is not the same with God. Take courage meek people because your meekness will be recorder and rewarded by your Creator. The people who practise meekness will never fret about any wrong or injustice devised against them. In the same time meek people never show disregard to the wrong doers. Just that meekness helps them to entrust this adverse situation into the mighty hands of the Almighty God and continue to be meek.
How are we? How do we react to injustice? Do we practise meekness? In this unjust world I would suggest one would require truck loads of meekness but it is definitely incomparable with the inheritance that is assured.
Gentleness is one among the nine qualities listed as fruit of the Spirit. I have been reading and musing about gentleness for a considerable duration.The dictionary meaning of gentleness is, ‘the quality of being kind, tender or mild mannered’.
Gentleness from the Bible
The Bible says, ‘A gentle answer turns away wrath’ (Pro 15:1).
The best example for gentleness would be Jesus. He responded with gentleness when he was iltreated by the soldiers. Even though the Son of Man had all authority on the earth he gave back gentleness, this is a rare commodity. Having the power to be hard yet choosing to be gentle is difficult. While at the same time being weak and showing gentleness is possible.
Bones are considered to be the hardest part in the human body next to enamel. Bone have a high compressive strength but can be fractures with excessive forces.
Pro 25:15 ‘A gentle tongue can break a bone’
So gentleness can’t be equated to weakness. Gentleness requires focused strength. Gentleness requires the immense potential to organise your response to an untoward situation. Gentleness is never weakness but it is the potential to act with concern to the opposite person.
Being gentle to a good person is easy while doing the same to an evil doer is challenging. Likewise being gentle when you are subordinate is possible than when you are with supreme power. Hence to display gentleness one have to possess strength.
Gentleness is true strength expressed by prioritising the offender
God’s provision is promised to everyone who fear (Psa 111:5). God provided for Elijah when he was near the brook of Kerith. God provided for Mephibosheth at the table of David. God provides for both these people but there is a difference between them.
For Mephibosheth God provided a grand feast with lots of food varieties at the king’s banquet. According to Matt 6:11, ‘Give us today our daily bread’ food was presented to him at every meal. A banquet table usually has a variety of stuff starter, bread, gravy, rice. He had the luxury of choosing the course of his meal. He has the liberty of choice to pick and choose from what God provided for him each day.
On the other hand Elijah was spoon fed. I say spoon fed because he had to eat what was provided.
‘Give me only my daily bread’, these words are taken from the Bible as mentioned in Proverbs 30: 9 (New International Version). These five words arranged in a a thoughtful way gives a whole depth of meaning. The word in this verse simply admits the fact that God knows what is best for their life.
Praying this prayer helps us to confess the trust that God will do his best for us. Both theses provisions are required in our life. Because in the banquet feeding God promises a consistent and constant provision. While in the spoon feeding God promises the best feeding.
Witness is a person who is treated as an evidence or proof for an event. A false witness is a person who presents a fallacious accusation against an innocent. False witnessing can derail the course of the judgement. How often do we encounter a court scene where one has to pronounce a false witness? Not very common, right! But incidents at home, work which need a little more of spices to prove their evidence are not uncommon. We pitch in to add words or alter words or transpose words or replace words to wreck the situation in favor of a friend/family member/colleague. Where else are we forced to raise our hands as false witness.
The Bible is tricky against such false witness. In Exo 20:16 we read, ‘You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor’.
A false witness pours out lies (Pro 12:17), tells lies (Pro 14:5) and is deceitful (Pro 14:25). The Psalmist prays to keep falsehood.
Fate of a false witness
The fate of a false witness as mentioned in the Bible is scary. In Pro 19:5 it is said that , ‘A false witness will not go unpunished, and whoever pours out lies will not go free. And in Pro 19:9 it is said that ‘A false witness will not go unpunished, and whoever pours out lies will perish’. Both these verses claimed that any false witness will be punished. So let us be careful with the words and witnesses that we bear.