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True Beauty

07/19/2013 00:10
It's hard being a Christian woman in a world driven by fashion, money, sex and fame. But if you live by faith and not by sight, you can sustain not being tainted by the meaningless and evil pleasures of this world.
We live in generation and time where a woman's worth is defined by her outer appearance. Our society teaches us if a woman isn't physically appealing, she isn't beautiful and if she isn't beautiful, she is worthless.

But the Word objects that view.  Proverbs 11:22 says, "A beautiful woman who lacks discretion is like a gold ring in a pig's snout." The world might reward or honor beautiful women who are sexually, socially and consciously immoral, but in God's eyes they are the ones that are worthless.
But as Christian women it is hard sometimes not to get caught up in the glitz and glamour of it all. It is hard not compare yourself to the celebrities and models you see in magazines and on TV.  Just like worldly women, we keep up with the latest fashion, trends and hairstyles. Though we are taught as Christian women to dress modest, we still want to look cute. And sometimes our obsession to look cute, taints our true beauty. You see, there is the world's beauty and then is another type of beauty that is not defined by what clothes we wear or how we fix our hair.

That's why the Word tells us in 1 Peter 3:3, "Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes." Wearing MAC makeup and rocking the latest designers' clothes does not make you beautiful. As Christian women, we are designed to be set apart from worldly women. Now there is nothing wrong with wearing designer clothes and rocking the newest hairstyle if that's your choice, but never let that define your beauty.
What makes you beautiful comes from the inside not the outside. In God's eyes, your beauty is defined by your loving, obedient and gentle spirit. It is your inner beauty that glows to Him. Remember, what you reflect on the inside shines through on the outside. You might have a beautiful face, but if you have an ugly spirit, in God's eyes, you are ugly.  So don't try to fit in with the women in the world by chasing after the latest fashion, hair and makeup trends. 1 Peter 3: 4 says, "You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God. This is how the holy women of old made themselves beautiful."

So am I telling you not to dress cute and fashionably? No, ladies, by all means, rock your style! But keep it modest! And don't lose your true identity in Christ trying to keep up with women in the world and their false perception of beauty. Remember what the Word teaches in 1 Timothy 2:9, "And I want women to be modest in their appearance. They should wear decent and appropriate clothing and not draw attention to themselves by the way they fix their hair or by wearing gold or pearls or expensive clothes."
So remember, my beautiful sisters in Christ, your true beauty isn't defined by the clothes you wear or how you rock your hair, it is defined by your obedience to God. 1 Timothy 2:10 says, "For women who claim to be devoted to God should make themselves attractive by the good things they do."

Let your inner beauty shine through to the world. There is nothing wrong with having your own style, but remember being stylish doesn't make you beautiful. Loving God and being a woman of faith is what you makes beautiful.
"Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised."