Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food and the body more important than clothes? Matthew 6:25
More than your body, more than your clothes? If you watched the India.Arie video in our last post, you heard that you are not your hair. You are not your skin. You are the soul that lives within.
But this goes against everything we see on a daily basis in the media and in the magazines at the grocery store checkout and on the beach. To be honest, it goes against much of what we ourselves believe about beauty. How can BEAUTY, the captivating allure of a woman, come – not from the body – but from an invisible place, from her soul?
I Peter 3:3-5 Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. 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. For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to make themselves beautiful.
Beauty that comes from our inner self is first of all, unfading. This is a relief, because all efforts to beautify oneself externally have the same downfall “ they don’t last. Exercise, tanning, highlights, makeup, cellulite treatment, you name it¦.it must all be repeated, reapplied, maintained, and redone, because the body is fading away. Over time, despite the grandiose efforts we make to preserve and glorify it, our body is on a downward slope that will ultimately end in the ground.. All come from dust, and to dust all return (Ecclesiastes 3:20). It is the hard truth.
Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting¦ Proverbs 31:30
But there is a beauty that will last, that is unfading. ..Inner beauty. The unfading beauty is that of a gentle and quiet spirit. This verse used to trouble me, I will confess. As an outspoken and ˜strong personality’, I felt as though I was counted out for this gentleness and a quiet spirit. But this passage is speaking of something higher than our personality types or whether we are extroverted or introverted.
Rather, a gentle and quiet spirit is the spirit that resides in a place of rest. Of peacefulness. Of deep and quiet hope. Of 100% assurance that no matter what comes our way, we will be secure and safe and okay. A spirit that is anchored against the wind. A spirit that is at home in its own skin. A spirit that does not need to prove anything or conquer situations or dominate the people around us. A spirit that puts its entire trust in GOD and not in herself. A spirit that can breathe easy and sleep like a baby, for it is at complete rest. A spirit that says, He alone is my rock and my salvation, my stronghold; I shall not be greatly shaken. (Psalm 62:2)
For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to make themselves beautiful. (verse 5)
Such a spirit is of great worth in God’s sight.
Such a spirit recognizes God as the Source of Life and not ourselves.
Such a spirit ˜gets it’¦and in turn, is made Beautiful.
Have you ever seen a woman, who despite her physical makeup, is confident and peaceful and full of life-giving joy? This is the gentle and quiet spirit that God prizes. As we cultivate this spirit, this inner beauty, we will find that not only does God value it, but others do, too. For this is TRUE beauty.
Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Proverbs 31:30
Lord, may it be so with us, your daughters. Give us beauty that comes from within.
Feedback: Have you observed this beauty in a woman? What does it look like? How do others respond to her inner beauty?
What is holding you back from cultivating your inner beauty?
Listen: This week, download and enjoy Beautiful by Bethany Dillon. The lyrics can be found here: