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Beautiful in Christ

Does your beauty come from your outward appearance or from Christ in you?
Written by Heather Hart

Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. 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

The Bible tells us that true beauty comes not from our outward, physical beauty, but from our inner beauty; the beauty of Christ living in our hearts and shining out through us. I want to ask you two questions today:

Question 1: How much time do you spend on your outward appearance? This could be time spent doing your hair, dieting, putting on makeup, choosing what clothes to wear, accessorizing, even shopping for new clothes or jewelry or getting a new hair cut. Statistics show that the average woman spends 2 ½ years of her life washing, styling, cutting, coloring, crimping, and straitening her hair at home or in a salon. That’s just time spent on hair!

Question 2: How much time do you spend on your inner beauty? This could be time spent in prayer, reading or studying your Bible, time in church or youth group, or time spent in devotions.

Where we spend the most time tells us what we care the most about. Today’s verse tells us that our inner self should be more important to us.

After all, 2 Corinthians 4:18 tells us that what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. So while the world is telling us that beauty is on the outside, the Bible tells us that true beauty is on the inside. True beauty comes from Christ in us.

Reflection:

Do I spend more time on my outward appearance, or on my inner beauty?

Application step:

Every time you look in a mirror today, say a prayer asking God to help you work on your inner beauty.

Prayer:

Father God, thank You for all You do for me. Thank You for teaching me what is important in Your sight. Help me to put the value of my inner beauty above that of my outward appearance. In Jesus’ name I pray; amen.

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