BEAUTY: IT ISN’T SKIN DEEP
By Carolyn Dale Newell
Do not let your adornment be merely outward – arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel – for rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God.
1 Peter 3:3-4 NKJV
Beauty is only skin deep. Really? Not so, according to the Bible. True beauty comes from within – “the hidden person of the heart”.
Inner beauty is “very precious in the sight of God”. It is also very pleasing to a godly man. Peter tells us that true beauty is a gentle and quiet spirit. This characterizes a woman who yearns to please God. Proverbs 31:30 reminds us that “Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, but a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.”
The woman who fears the Lord is concerned more about holiness rather than wrinkles. She spends more time serving God than coloring her roots.
That is not to say we just let ourselves go, but we are prioritizing here. We still want to look good for our hubbys and maintain a healthy weight.
Peter explains that we need to go beyond our outward appearance, right to our character. As time marches on, we realize our physical beauty fades. Although the outward beauty is corruptible, a woman’s inward beauty is incorruptible. Actually, a godly woman grows more beautiful with time as she grows in grace and knowledge of the Lord.
Esther was the most beautiful woman in her land, but she is remembered most for the way she saved her people. She is a portrait of strength, courage, and patience. She risked her life to ask the king to spare the lives of the Jews. Ladies that is what we want to be remembered for. We want to be viewed as a godly, spirit-filled woman, not a beauty queen. Let’s discover the beauty secrets hidden within the pages of Scripture.
Lord, help me concentrate on my inner beauty more than my outward appearance. Enable me to live a holy and blameless life drenched with grace. Amen.
Read 1 Peter 3:1-6.
HIKING THE TRAIL
When you look in the mirror, do not look at your reflection, but concentrate on your beautiful characteristics which are not visible in a mirror.
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Copyright 2016 Carolyn Dale Newell.