Here Peter tells us that we can win people over without ever speaking a word. Really? Not even one word in defense of our point of view? How our itch to argue our position rebels against this advice!
How does this even work? Well, Holy Spirit is here revealing to us a truth that will transform our lives if we allow it to. It’s this: Purity and reverence are so much more compelling than any line of reasoning that we could ever employ.
You see, a life lived in full surrender to God beautifies you. A heart entirely given over to His purposes arrays you with radiant strength. A soul through whom Holy Spirit’s peaceful waters flow is captivating. A countenance adorned with His grace gently allures the unbeliever unto the winsomeness of Jesus. When His loveliness is on display in our lives, it attracts those around us to Him. We no longer need to say anything in an attempt to coax or convince.
These are the secret powers of persuasion available to us in Him. This is why Peter further instructs us: “Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight” (vv. 3-4).
Although he specifically directs these words to women, this principle applies universally. The Lord says to all of us that our lives are His letter written to humanity: “And you show that you are a letter from Christ delivered by us, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts” (2 Cor. 3:3, ESV).
Through the way we live our lives, Jesus communicates to those around us. When we are full of His Spirit, they will see Him in our eyes. They will hear His message through us, though we speak not a word.
Has someone in your life shifted your perspective on a certain matter, without using any words, just by who they are?