While it is Week 2 for the Frumpy Hausfrau in this Bible study, it is Week One, Days 2 and 3 in the book Divine Design.
A More Significant Makeover
We women seem to have had a thing for beauty and fashion since ancient times. It wouldn't surprise me it if it started with Eve! While there is nothing inherently wrong with looking our best, the more important beauty is of the inner sort.
Wardrobe Workout Answers:
1. Inner beauty, to me, is behaving in a lovely and loving manner; it is joyful, peaceful, and draws others close. From the thoughts expressed by numerous people at the funeral I attended this week, my friend EM's wife (who passed away at the age of 37, leaving behind four precious children) was just such a beautiful woman. I really wish I had been able to meet her while she was living on this earth, but I can look forward to meeting her in heaven someday. What a testament to her beautiful character, that those who didn't know her can't wait to meet her in eternity!
2. a. I think that Paul used the imagery of "putting off" and "putting on" certain behaviors so that we would be deliberate about stopping to consider before engaging in negative behavior and then purposely implementing the positive behavior instead.
b. We "wear" our attitudes and actions, like apparel, in such a way that others can clearly see them. Ugly attitudes and actions, like beat up old stinky clothes, need to be exchanged for lovely, righteous ones. Picturing these attributes as articles of clothing makes the word pictures more clear for us.
c. Deceitful desires: We think that the things we really, really want will give us great satisfaction and pleasure, but no matter how big our pile of things, it only drives us to want more and more. This in turn pulls our focus away from God, weakening our relationship with Him and with others.
3. Key lesson I learned: A gently and quiet spirit is beautiful today, and only grows more beautiful with time.
As with a closet makeover, a spiritual makeover must begin with the basics! Salvation and righteousness are the essential garments we simply must have.
Wardrobe Workout Answers:
1. Many years ago, as a child, I received God's gift of salvation. While that salvation was instant, the growth of faith will continue over my lifetime. I don't want to be stuck in one style in my faith attire, so my desire is that God would continuously remodel my and improve my character until the end of my earthly life.
2. The robe of righteousness will always cover me, according to God's promise. I don't always wear joy, strength and power, but must remember to ask God daily to put them on me.
3. Key lesson: My sin-stains have been washed away forever! The robe of Jesus' righteousness will always cover me.
(I was able to write out the memory verse with no mistakes today! Yay! Well, aside from spelling and punctuation.)
You have been taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off the old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds, and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. Eph. 4:22-24