Are you beautiful? What is your view of beauty?
“Do not let your adorning be external -
the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry,
or the clothing you wear. Instead, 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. -
When you look in the mirror, what do you see? I often see things that I don't like. I see the extra weight that clings to me. I see the blemish I may have woken up with. I see that I don't measure up to what is often defined as beauty. My husband overlooks all of these things. He sees beauty. Why do we see through different eyes?
What does our heavenly Father see? What does He say about beauty?
Proverbs 31:30 ~ "Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised."
Psalm 45:11 ~ "The King is enthralled by your beauty; honor Him, for He is your Lord."
1 Samuel 16:7 ~ "The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart."
James 1:23 ~ "Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror."
God looks at us and sees beauty. The beauty that He created! If we are serving Him and living for Him, how beautiful that is to Him. Our loved ones look at us and see beauty. Why then is it so difficult for us to love what we see in the mirror, the reflection is just part of the reason we are so loved and treasured by them.
God's word says that He looks for a "quiet, gentle spirit." To Him, this is beauty. It is a meekness that doesn't look for attention, especially attention based on our outward appearance. I found this quote by Sharon, "A quiet and gentle spirit does not equal a bland personality–it’s simply an anchor that enhances your God-given uniqueness, so embrace it!" Often we may meet someone, and know that there is something special and unique about them. It is often due to their gentle spirit. They seem to be set apart from others. That is my desire. To be set apart because I have a gentle spirit, because of obedience to Him and His word. In Phillipians, we are told "Let your gentleness be evident to all."
The most beautiful women are Godly women, who are living by His word. Continue to read the Word, and grow into the beautiful woman that God has created you to be! Remember ~ He is enthralled by your beauty! Honor Him!