2. Wives adornment - v.3-5
The grand thing which she was to seek, was not that which is merely external, but that which is internal, and which God regards as of so great value. Barnes
Because of our society and all the importance they put on outward adornment, even in men, if a woman who is known for all that she desires in the way of fine jewelry, make-up, hairdos, etc… were to get saved and follow Peter’s advice, their husbands would set up and take notice. You see, God desires that people see the inward beauty of a person and not just the outward extras of this physical life. (But, let me warn that if there is a true repentance and change, one has to not compromise with the world and continue to look and do things like was done before salvation for then the witness of your spiritual change might not be seen, it would only be heard.)
There is absolutely nothing wrong with looking good and wearing wonderful and fine clothing or jewelry, etc… but making that more important than the real person inside you and even allowing all that on the outside to cover up the truth of the inner beauty would be a shame. “The unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight…” will truly shine into the lives of those around them.
J. Vernon McGee once said to a group of girls who were attending a college where they had been told they should wear no make-up or anything of the worldly adornment and not dress but in plain clothing, "Some of you would look a little bit better if you would put on just a little make-up, because you look like you came out of the morgue. That is simply not attractive, and it does not commend you to God."
Some people think that even if you get saved that you don’t have to change everything about yourself. There are things that may very well need to be changed to honor and glorify God with who you are now. It was obvious in the past that the women did show a change and it was significant and helpful to their Christian lives. In that day, it was obvious coming from a pagan background the new Christian would have to stop going to the pagan temple and worshiping the pagan gods. Today, when it is suggested when people get saved that they might consider some changes to their lives, people get offended. When that happens, do you know what that means? There may be pride about themselves in the way they look and think more of what they want than what God might want for them. Also, that may be a clear indication that a person might not have really been saved if there is not a surrender of their life to Christ. Yes, sometimes the changes come gradually and that is acceptable to Christ, for He knows what we deal with on an individual basis, but that is left up to the Lord, we humans need to be careful in judging other’s Christianity, God is the Judge. Try to always remember that God has said,