Of wives, spouses and beauty [part5/5]
Week 25: 14/06/2023. Wed
1 Peter 3:1–4  Likewise, wives, be subject to your own husbands, so that even if some do not obey the word, they may be won without a word by the conduct of their wives,  when they see your respectful and pure conduct.  Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— but 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. (ESV)
The determining factor of beauty for wives (or spouses) for that matter is the spouse who "hoped in God" (3:5). The inner quality of spiritual lives before the LORD outweighs all other considerations (economic or otherwise) on what is beautiful.
God's people might be frequently tempted to use other criteria of evaluation that might put into disequilibrium our peace and stability before the LORD. But the inner beauty described by Peter for believers living in the persecuted church of his time might just cause the non-believer spouse to be "won without a word by the conduct".
Talk was cheap. But with ChatGPT, talk and words of humans have become even cheaper. What's left is for believers of all time, even today, to walk the talk and demonstrate faithfulness to the LORD in his/her own way. AI cannot walk the path of obedience better than you. You and only you can do that.