As a Christian woman it is easy to surmise that it is more worthwhile to read my Bible than to spend time curling my hair or putting on make up… but is it really?
I am sure everyone reading this is composing an email to me citing verses like Proverbs 31:30 or 1Peter 3:3-4, but I challenge you to look at those verses a bit more closely.
Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.
1 Peter 3:3-4
Your adornment must not be merely external–braiding the hair, and wearing gold jewelry, or putting on dresses; but let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is precious in the sight of God.
For many years I heard references to these verses and I came to find out that they were misquoted and misconstrued. Being beautiful (on the outside) is not a bad thing, it should just not be the only source of our beauty.
This makes complete sense to me. Women in the Old Testament were praised for their (outward) beauty, not ridiculed for it. Esther was only one of the many women the Bible described as beautiful, and not once were they devalued for being so.
The important thing to remember is this: Don’t let your (outward/physical) beauty shine more brightly than the beauty that lives inside you. When the Holy Spirit shines through you and works in you, truly your beauty will far surpass those women who have pretty exteriors but are hallow inside.
Remember these things also as you prepare to get married. It is godly to work to make your outward appearance beautiful, not only will you give your self-esteem a boost, but your husband will be extremely blessed by it as well.
Today, take time to plan a schedule of how you are going to start taking care of both your inner and outer beauty.
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Lindsey N. Isham