1 Peter 3:3 Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel;
1 Peter 3:4 But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.
Peter is talking to women in these verses, explaining how to adorn yourself with a true beauty from within, rather than only focusing on outward appearance.
Having a sense of personal pride or self-respect is not in any way implying that you lack a meek spirit or a humble nature. I know that it sounds as if I just contradicted myself, but let me explain. We get caught up in the world’s definition of these words but let’s take a look at what the Bible means when it uses them:
Psalms 37:11 But the meek shall inherit the earth.
In today’s world, the word meek means timid, quiet, and easily imposed on. But do you really think that is God’s definition? Tell me this: if you owned a big business corporation, would you leave it in the in the hands of a person who was easily swayed or imposed on? (Not if you’re smart!) You would want to leave it in the hands of a capable, confident and strong person who could keep everything running smoothly. Well, the Lord is talking about the entire world (the earth); do you think that He would want to leave it to somebody that is incapable or lacks the leadership qualities needed to run it?
Numbers 12:3 (Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth.)
I will tell you one thing, Moses had a very healthy ego. He also had pride in himself and his people. Why would he go to all the trouble of saving them from their bondage in slavery, if he did not think that they were worth freeing? He did not just submit to the Pharaoh simply because he was an authority figure. He had pride in himself and his people and knew that they were worth better treatment than they were getting!! So he took a stand. So why would God say that he was meek? Well, the difference was that Moses obeyed God and he was submissive to God……not Pharaoh (who was ungodly and persecuting God’s people.) Moses had his doubts at the beginning, but God cleared them up for him.
Exodus 3:12 And he said, Certainly I will be with thee; and this shall be a token unto thee, that I have sent thee: When thou hast brought forth the people out of Egypt, ye shall serve God upon this mountain.
Moses obeyed. He submitted to God!!
That is what God means when He says that the meek shall inherit the earth. He means people who realize that they still have a lot to learn and are willing to learn it. People who are willing to sacrifice themselves and their pleasures for the greater good! Being meek or humble does not mean that you are weak. In fact, it means that you are STRONG: strong enough to realize that God is greater than us and anything that we do through Him will be that much greater!
Take these people:
- Mary (the mother of Jesus)
- Pilate’s Wife
- Mary (Martha’s sister)
- Mother Teresa
Nobody can say that these strong women were not humble or meek. So let’s take a lesson from them, and not beat up on ourselves because we think that we don’t have a gentle and meek spirit — because as long as you are willing to learn from God, you do! Never try to be someone that you are not. God would never want you to do that!