Make yourselves beautiful on the inside, in your hearts, with the enduring quality of a gentle, peaceful spirit. This type of beauty is very precious in God’s eyes
1 Peter 3:4
I want to zoom in on one word in Greek that is translated in verse four as a “a quiet spirit.” Here’s the actual Greek word that you can learn: hesuchia. It means “holding one’s seat.” If you are at a favorite ball game, and you don’t want to lose your seat, you stay right there, don’t you, lest someone take it.
Take this idea and apply it to situations in your life where you need to “keep your seat,” in the sense of remaining calm, quiet, unmoved, still, waiting, etc. The whole reading has a gentle quietness about it as all the members of a family are invited to discover the beauty of living in harmony and peace. Read it—perhaps a second and third time—until the gentle spirit of the reading itself floods your soul.
Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
from today’s reading:
A quiet, gentle spirit v. 4
For more information about this creative way to pray,
see Bible Breaths.
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