The society we live in emphasizes attractiveness and what we look like, how we present ourselves. We aim to look as pretty as, if not as proud as, this peacock:
|photo taken by Susan D.|
But what does the Bible have to say about B is for Beauty? [While the language may not be gender-neutral, it’s not inappropriate to substitute either gender into the verses below].
Do not let your beauty come from the outside. It should not be the way you comb your hair or the wearing of gold or the wearing of fine clothes. Your beauty should come from the inside. It should come from the heart. This is the kind that lasts. Your beauty should be a gentle and quiet spirit. In God’s sight this is of great worth and no amount of money can buy it. (1 Peter 3:3-4, NLV)
Pleasing ways lie and beauty comes to nothing, but a woman who fears the Lord will be praised. (Proverbs 31:30)
For the Lord does not look at the things man looks at. A man looks at the outside of a person, but the Lord looks at the heart. (1 Samuel 16:7b)
Growing strong in body is all right but growing in God-like living is more important. It will not only help you in this life now but in the next life also. (1 Timothy 4:8)
From these scriptures it’s clear that outward beauty is not as important to God as inner beauty. For this reason, our focus also should be on our inner person. It’s much easier to fix the outside, though, isn’t it? We can go to a salon and get our hair and nails done, go to a spa for a facial, apply our makeup perfectly. We can go to a gym and work on toning our arms, legs and abs. We can buy new and trendy clothing to impress people at work or on the street. But how do we work on our inner selves, our hearts?
Again, we are guided by His Word:
We can pray as the psalmist did, “Create in me a new, clean heart, O God, filled with clean thoughts and right desires. Don’t toss me aside, banished forever from your presence. Don’t take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me again the joy of your salvation, and make me willing to obey you. Then I will teach your ways to other sinners, and they—guilty like me—will repent and return to you” (Psalm 51:10-13, TLB). Let this be today's prayer.
When we pray sincerely for God’s will to be done—and we can be sure that having a clean heart is well within His will—He will be faithful to answer.
Praying God’s will indicates a giving of oneself to God and this is the first thing we must do in order to have a heart that is right with Him. We must make Him Lord and leader, the One who is supreme.
We also need to allow God’s Word to transform us from the inside out. As it says in Romans 12:2 (NLV): Do not act like the sinful people of the world. Let God change your life. First of all, let Him give you a new mind. Then you will know what God wants you to do. And the things you do will be good and pleasing and perfect.
The way you get a new mind and heart is by reading, memorizing and meditating on God’s Word. And then by applying it to your life!
This music video may not be professionally beautiful, but its plea touches the heart of God: