What is True Beauty?

When you hear the word “beauty”, what is the first thing you think of? If you’re like most of us, you’ll think of someone’s appearance. This might bring to mind images of fashionable clothing, makeup, or popular celebrities. These things may reflect our culture’s view of beauty. However, the Bible reveals that true beauty is of a different nature.

What Does the Bible Say About Beauty?

The Bible has much to say on the subject of beauty. The following is one of the most specific passages regarding beauty:

Do not let your adornment be merely outward—arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel—rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God.

1 Peter 3:3-4 (NKJV)

Let’s take a deeper look into these ideas.

True Beauty

Internal Character

As we see in 1 Peter 3:3-4, God pays attention to our internal qualities. This is reaffirmed in 1 Samuel 16:7, where God tells Samuel that He looks at the heart of man, not at the appearance. Proverbs 23:7 also reminds us that “…as he thinks in his heart, so is he.”

Our heart condition will be reflected in our words, actions, and how we dress. As Christians, we need to practice self-examination, looking for areas in which God is calling us to grow.

A Fear of the Lord

Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, but a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised.

Proverbs 31:30 (NKJV)

It’s important to recognize that a fear of the Lord is what helps us grow in character. When we love and honor the Lord, we’ll desire to obey His commands and resist temptation. Hence, we’ll let Christ have more control and Holy Spirit will work changes in our lives from the inside-out.

A Gentle and Quiet Spirit

In our culture, there is a great emphasis on women being as tough or capable as men. This has led many women to neglect being gentle and quiet in spirit and behavior. As Christian women, we should endeavor to reflect biblical womanhood in our daily lives.

Modest Appearance and Behavior

…the women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with propriety and moderation, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or costly clothing, but, which is proper for women professing godliness, with good works.

1 Timothy 2:9 (NKJV)

Here, we learn that Christian women are to dress and behave modestly. We should not do things to gain unnecessary or sinful attention. As ambassadors of Christ, we don’t want to give people the wrong impression about our Savior. Nor should we desire to be a stumbling block for our brothers in Christ (or anyone, for that matter).

Conclusion

While the world places emphasis on external beauty, the Bible teaches us that true beauty begins in the heart. And this beauty will be reflected in our character. When our hearts have been “beautified” by Christ, our thoughts, words, actions, and appearances will reflect our desire to honor the Lord. And that is where true beauty lies.

 

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