Real Beauty

By BIP

Female BeautyMankind has a penchant for beauty, especially for beautiful women.

However, physical beauty does not necessarily equate goodness. In fact, beauty can become quite the corrupting influence.

“Your heart became proud on account of your beauty, and you corrupted your wisdom because of your splendor.” Ezekiel 28:17,18

Not even Jesus was physically attractive.

“He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.” Isaiah 53:2

True beauty of the heart is what God looks for.

“But the LORD said to Samuel, ‘Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.’ ” 1 Samuel 16:7

Such inner disposition is even more stringent for women.

“Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, 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.” 1 Peter 3:3,4

A man who looks only for physical beauty in a woman (or vice versa) might be in for a shocking surprise. See The Biblical Marriage Blueprint.

“Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.” Proverbs 31:30

Still, that does not mean we must shun beauty in general.

“God has made everything beautiful in its time.” Ecclesiastes 3:11

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is beautiful, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” Philippians 4:8

“You are altogether beautiful my darling; there’s no flaw in you.” Song of Songs 4:7

It’s just that we must emulate God and look beyond the physical.

“Blessed are those who find wisdom.” Proverbs 3:13

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