Godly Beauty

Posted on April 5, 2012 by


A guest blog by Catherine Renfro

Check out her blog at www.catherinerenfro.com

The World Focuses on the Outside

Image is one of the leading struggles among girls of all ages. Every female wants to be seen as “beautiful” or “attractive” and many times will go to great lengths to meet a standard that has been set by our culture. We are told that beautiful is tall, thin, brown or blonde hair, tan complexion and the list goes on and on. As a result, it’s easy to get caught up in an obsession with the scales, revealing clothing, and constantly trying to impress those around us. This lifestyle is both draining and in complete opposition to our Creator’s view of us.

God is Most Concerned with Inner Beauty

Believing beauty is deeper than the reflection in the mirror comes when we begin seeing and living by the eyes of Christ. 1 Samuel 16:7 says, “For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”

YOUR HEART

First of all, Godly beauty comes from having a relationship with Jesus Christ. Because of Christ’s sacrifice on the cross, our sinful and unclean hearts were made pure before God, allowing us to fellowship with Him and fulfill His purpose for our life. That is true beauty; a heart that is worshipping the Father and seeking after His ways.

YOUR FOCUS

Secondly, Godly beauty comes from pursing the approval of God, rather than man. Today, immodest clothing seems to be the norm. It’s a sure way to attract the attention of men, while also gaining popularity among peers. Peter says, “Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of fine jewelry and fine clothing.” By this, he means that our wardrobe should not be the means by which we base our worth, value, or beauty. It also shouldn’t be the thing that draws attention to ourselves. Christ has called us, as his daughters, to a higher standard in the way we dress and conduct ourselves.

LOVE

Thirdly, Godly beauty comes from living out the 2 greatest commandments. Jesus said, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 22:37-39) Contrary to popular belief, true beauty has little do to with outward appearance, but everything to do with the way we love God and love others.

God’s Challenge to Us

In the Old Testament, Esther won the heart of the king because of her character, love, and sacrifice for others. In the same way, people will be drawn to us when we display the characteristics of Christ. We as women have a daily decision to make. Will we believe the lies of our culture and strive to achieve an inadequate standard of beauty or will we believe the truths of Scripture and see ourselves as God sees us?  My prayer is that each of us will honor God in the way we view ourselves and in the way we portray ourselves to others around us. “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made…” Psalm 139:14

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