Dear Sisters in Christ,
In today’s society, when we see a woman that is proclaimed to be beautiful, it is usually an outward beauty the world looks to. On billboards, movie screens, and air brushed magazines, we see skimpily clad and bejeweled women, a lot have had plastic surgery and wear loads of makeup. Welcome to Vanity Fair. Women are constantly bombarded with these images of “beauty”. We know the world looks to the external person and is obsessed with self. What does the Bible say of beauty? How should a godly woman show her beauty?
“Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price. For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands: Even as Sara obeyed Abraham, calling him lord: whose daughters ye are, as long as ye do well, and are not afraid with any amazement.” (1 Peter 3:3-6)
“In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works. Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection.” ( 1 Timothy 2:9-11)
The Bible speaks of beauty in an exact opposite; what is of the world is not how a godly woman’s beauty should be. The focus is on the inner beauty. That is an inner beauty, which is seen through actions and flows out of a heart that has been regenerated. A faith worked out in reverence to the Lord. God values a meek and quiet spirit, and at a great price!
A worldly woman seeks to draw the attention of others to her fleshly outward beauty, spending much time on makeup and hair, with the latest fashions; she puts herself first. Some desire the lusts of men; others want the approval and attentions of the world. The worldly woman makes herself the center of attention for all to see.
The godly woman on the other hand, seeks not to draw attention to herself, but to Christ. It is Christ who is the center of her life and not herself. She is others oriented, putting her family’s needs, as well as the needs of others first, she puts her personal needs last. Her dress is modest as she does not seek worldly attentions, or seek to esteem herself above others with costly clothing. She is careful to dress in a modest fashion as well as behavior so she can serve her brothers in Christ without causing them to stumble. Her desire is for godly men to feel comfortable around her without having to avert their eyes.
“Gracefulness is deceitful and beauty is vain; a woman [that] feareth Jehovah, she shall be praised.” (Proverbs 31:30)
External beauty is fleeting and vain. Let us remember sisters that we are in Christ and this world has nothing to offer us. We are different from the world, and must guard our hearts as to not succumb to its influences. Precious time is wasted on vanity; our focus should be on living our lives to the glory of God.
Soli Deo Gloria!
May the Lord bless you sisters,
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