Women In Art
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I could not help but wonder if somewhere in all those faces is the face of Eve, the very first woman peeking through. After all we all come from her. Every woman has her own beauty that comes from the most beautiful woman that God created. It will be fun to see her when we can finally see her!
The women in the pictures of art all appear so perfect, sweet, delicate, proper, wise, beautiful, all at the same time.
"Do not let your adornment be merely outward—arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel— rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God." I Peter 3: 3,4.
I find that last statement "the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God" interesting, coming from Peter.
Through the years of listening to sermons and Bible studies I have picked up that Peter was likely a brash, and abrupt man. He would jump into things without a thought about what could become of it! Peter was the one that asked to walk on the sea too when he saw Jesus walking out there. He cut of the ear of Malchus, the high priests servant! When Jesus was preparing to wash the feet of His disciples Peter said, "You will never wash my feet!" until Jesus said, "If I don't wash your feet you shall not have any part of Me." Then Peter said to Jesus, "Not only my feet but my hands and my head too!"
Peter was not naturally a gentle and quiet spirited person, yet after time passed he could teach that this was PRECIOUS in the sight of God. Not only for us women, but also for men too. I believe that by the time Peter wrote this letter he had learned many hard things.
God never gave up on Peter. From the time Jesus chose him to follow Him, through his three-time denial of being a friend to Jesus Christ during Christ's crucifixion, and after Christ's death, resurrection, and the time all the disciples taught others just who Jesus Christ was, Peter was learning how to be quiet and gentle.
Eventually, he used that spirit to persuade others who were as brash and hard-headed as he used to be, to know and love Jesus Christ. When that happens, the Holy Spirit of God quietly, and gently morphs us all. That is what becomes a woman, or a man.
God's spirit is beautiful and He shines out through us, without all the gold, braids and fashion. I believe that is what Peter was referring to when he wrote this letter.
Gentle and quiet. To God it is precious. When we are quiet we can hear our hearts, and that is when God communes with us and gently morphs us into the image of His dear Son, the most beautiful of all Spirit's! That is the most amazing of all morphing jobs!
Glory of the Gentiles:
"To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory." Apostle Paul. Colossians 1:27.