Each day during the month of October I will be writing on the topic of discovering true beauty. Please join in with me on this journey. Also, please feel free to share these posts during the month of October with family/friends and on Social Media.
What is beauty?
Beauty is the quality of being pleasing, especially to look at. Someone or something that gives great pleasure, especially when looking at it. Beauty can be comprised of a combination of qualities, such as shape, color, or form, which pleases the aesthetic senses, especially the sight. So in essence, beauty refers to a person or a thing that brings or gives great pleasure as soon as it or they are seen.
It is important to understand beauty from two perspectives, from God’s perspective and from the worlds perspective. The world, humans tend to stick with the definition mentioned above in order to define beauty. However, the Lord, the Creator of the universe, also has something to say about beauty and it appears to be a polar opposite of what the world says is beautiful.
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. (1 Peter 3:3-4)
God says our beauty should be seen as internal and not external. When I began to study 1 Peter 3:3-4 a little more in depth, I was able to better understand God’s perspective. These two verses needed to be addressed or added to Scripture because of the “excessiveness” of the times. Religious women such as Rebekah and Ester (only to mention a few) wore gold or ornaments made of gold. Somewhere down the line and after the times of the early biblical women, gold became the main attire of harlots and wicked people. There began a shift from focusing on the inward to outward appearance. Putting on apparel was not forbidden, but it switched the focus in the culture. Not to mention the nicety and costliness it brought about. The enemy of our soul, took something good and perverted it and he has been doing so ever since.
God never wanted for his daughters to be fixated on their outward adorning. He wanted us to be concerned with who we are in Him. He wanted our focus to be on becoming who He made us to be. Scripture tells us that He makes all things beautiful in their time (Ecclesiastes 3:11).
Perspective and Focal Point
Proper perspective is everything, remembering that God essentially focuses on our inward beauty is key. Our outward appearance is also His beautiful creation but not His focus. Our outward appearance distinguishes us from looking exactly like someone else. He is the Master Artist and makes us wholly in His image with such creativity and finesse. However, the world switches perspective and tells women to center themselves outward on their first appearance looks rather than inward at the beauty of their heart
Some say that this is only a struggle for younger more immature females. However, this is not the case. Women of all ages struggle with wrong perspective and incorrect focal point. This problem is not a matter of age, but rather a matter of maturity in the proper perspective. If we don’t understand how we were created and that we were created by the Master of all artists, then we do not understand our true worth. The Master Artist does not make mistakes. He doesn’t mess up, He just doesn’t!
Knowing that we as humans are created in His image reassures us of our special and unique beauty. Let’s center ourselves on Him, the Greatest there ever was or ever will be. Only He can make our heart and soul (the inward parts) beautiful.
Join me tomorrow when we will talk about the beauty of our soul.
Beautiful by His Design
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