The study of 1 Peter 3:3-4 has brought forward excellent commentary and thoughts regarding a woman’s appearance. A common thread drawn from this teaching is propriety.
pro•pri•e•ties Online Dictionary:
1. The quality of being proper; appropriateness.
2. Conformity to prevailing customs and usages.
3. proprieties The usages and customs of polite society.
I would like us to consider modesty. This is an old-fashioned word in today’s bare midriff, low-cut tops and thong-revealing jeans world. I propose God would desire to see our physical body clothed in modesty. Further still, I would propose God would greatly desire to see a modest heart.
It is tough to teach modesty to our children today. I would appreciate titles of books or other materials that offer parents suggestions to teach modesty to their kids.
As we leave this section of scripture and look at verses five and six next, I leave you with this thought from the Life Application Bible Commentary.
LOUD AND CLEAR:
A changed life speaks loudly and clearly. It is often the most effective way to influence a family member. Peter instructs Christian wives to develop inner beauty rather than being overly concerned about their outward appearance. Their husbands will be won over by their love rather than by their looks. This does not mean that Christian women should be dowdy and frumpy; it is good to be cheerful and attractive. But their priorities should be virtue and moderation. Live your Christian faith quietly and consistently in your home, and your family will see Christ in you. -- Life Application Bible Commentary
Difficult to do to be sure, however, I can attest to the truth of this statement. My husband responds to what I live, what I do every day, how I react, and my consistency.