Additional thoughts from our elders subsequent to the sermon on this verse on Sunday. As always, their exposition is solid and their clarity is helpful.
“Wives . . . let your adorning adoring 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.” (1 Peter 3:4).
After the sermon Sunday, several people were asking what exactly this “gentle and quiet spirit” looks like in reality.
For clarification, you can be outgoing and yet possess this spirit. You can also be shy/quiet and lack it. Peter isn’t describing a natural personality trait because this “gentleness” is a fruit of the Spirit (see Galatians 5:22-23).
The opposite if likely a “rash and fretful spirit.”
Matthew Henry wrote a short book on the gentle/meek and quiet/tranquil spirit. You can read a great short summary of it here. I found it very helpful personally.
One last thing.
The exact term Peter uses for “gentle” is occurs only three other times in…
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