Keeper of His Home

by Chelsea McCafferty

Beauty & the Beast….Which Are You?

on January 28, 2014

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“But now, O Lord, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand.” Isaiah 64:8 

The world is obsessed with their version of beauty. They glorify the perfectly-shaped figure by exposing bare bodies to the public in magazines and movies. They pawn off the promise of beauty to women (and men) by selling them cosmetics, laser treatments, weight loss pills, nose jobs and breast augmentations. They show us movies where flawless, chiseled men and women fall in “love” at first sight and live happily ever after. There’s no doubt the pressures to be “beautiful” by the world’s standards are great, and there’s also no denying that every woman wants to feel lovely. The question is, how should we view beauty? Is beauty something we acquire after two hours in front of the bathroom mirror? Is it something more?

God’s idea of a beautiful woman (and He is the expert, having created womankind) is a totally different concept than the world’s views. For one, we must concede and firmly believe that all of God’s daughters are beautiful because they were wonderfully made by a great Artist. In the vast expanse of unique DNA written for your life, God has detailed the very substance of who you are, and He doesn’t make mistakes. He wrote you eyes, your hair, your height and the unique curvature of your smile. He wrote you body style. Yes, we can gain or lose weight, but He wrote the very nature of your body’s natural shape. God made you beautiful, and you are beautiful dear sister. Yes you are!

“Did not he who made me in the womb make him? And did not one fashion us in the womb?” Job 31:15

So we know that God designed us physically has he formed us in our mother’s wombs and that we are beautiful to our heavenly Father. As for our character, well that is the beauty that matters most and God has given us His Word to show us what distinguishes us from making ourselves the Beauty or the Beast. Let’s look at some scripture to see where we fit:

Beauty

* Worships the Lord – “So shall the king greatly desire thy beauty: for he is thy Lord; and worship thou him.” Psalm 45:11

* Fears the Lord – “Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman thatfeareth the LORD, she shall be praised.” Proverbs 31:30

* Knows Her Calling – “And I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man, but to be in silence.” 1 Timothy 2:12

* Gracious – “A gracious woman retains honor…” Proverbs 11:16a

* Prudent – “…a prudent wife is from the LORD.” Proverbs 19:14b

* Joyful – “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine…” Proverbs 17:22a

* Submits to Husband – “Wives, likewise, be submissive to your own husbands, that even if some do not obey the word, they, without a word, may be won by the conduct of their wives,when they observe your chaste conduct accompanied by fear. 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. For in this manner, in former times, the holy women who trusted in God also adorned themselves, being submissive to their own husbands,as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord, whose daughters you are if you do good and are not afraid with any terror.” 1 Peter 3:1-6

Beast

* Contentious/Nagging – “And the contentions of a wife are a continual dripping.” Proverbs 19:13b

* Foolish/Clamorous – “A foolish woman is clamorous; She is simple, and knows nothing.” Proverbs 9:13

* Indiscreet – “As a ring of gold in a swine’s snout, So is a lovely woman who lacks discretion.” Provers 11:22

* Takes Part in Evil – “Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them.” Ephesians 5:11

These are just a few scriptures that we can examine to know if we are making ourselves into having a beautiful or ugly character. God has already made us beautiful. He did it on the day He wrote us into being. Now we are called to live by His Word, and doing that makes us absolutely stunning. Leave the botox and the pills for the world. God has called His daughters to have beautiful, God-honoring hearts, and there is no comparison to that kind of beauty. It shines forth and exudes the glory of God to all who behold it!

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