What makes a person beautiful? Is it their fashion sense? Or the way they style their hair?
The LORD made His standard very clear in 1 Samuel 16 when He says that He ‘does not see as man sees: for men judge by appearance but the LORD judges by the heart’.
And what is good and acceptable in the sight of God?
‘...that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity.’
- 1 Timothy 2:2-3
To be truly beautiful, we must work on our inner appearance, for this is what matters most to God. He made our bodies, He knows every wrinkle in our face, everything that we consider a blemish, yet He looks at His creation and sees that it is good.
Our souls are what we must strive to perfect. God tells us to be holy for He is holy. Of course we never reach this holiness until we enter heaven, but to strive to perfection is what He wants to see us doing. And He will honor our efforts to obey and follow Him.
Let the beauty of Jesus be seen in me
All His wondrous passion and purity
O Thou Savior divine, all my nature refine
Till the beauty of Jesus be seen in me.
- Albert Osborn
‘Your beauty should not come from outward adornment...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.’
- 1 Peter 3:3-4