Special Guest Post by Jannette Fuller
Everyone enjoys and appreciates beauty whether it pertains to people, places, or things. And the world is filled with beauty everywhere you look–well, almost–and what is beautiful to one person, may not be to another. But that’s okay. It just comes down to a matter of opinion and taste because we’re all different–thank God. If we weren’t, then the world would be bland and uninteresting. In fact, while I’m typing this, a popular saying is echoing through my mind: Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
And what I’m about to say may sound contradictory, but it’s the truth: beauty has an ugly side to it. And it has nothing to do with the outward/physical appearance, but about what’s happening on the inside.
In a spiritual sense, when beauty is lavishly applied, just like make-up, it can seep into the skin, making its way to the soul, concealing it like foundation and making a person forget about their other traits: their knowledge, morals, values, spiritual gifts, talents, hobbies, and so forth. As well as hurting those around them, making some feel inferior because of the beauty which has now transformed into its alter ego: vanity.
When this happens, it can make the most beautiful woman or good-looking man appear unattractive inside and out. Why? Because now the only thing that people are able to see, is the aftermath of someone who has misused their beauty/good-looks which was once pleasant to look upon, and even admired, making others cringe as if they were unsightly. Actually, that is exactly what happens when beauty turns into vanity, and depending on how much is applied, it only gets worse.
But don’t be mistaken, physical beauty is not evil. In fact, God created beauty. Just look around at all the animals, flowers, trees, landscapes, bodies of water, the sky, and most importantly you and everyone else.
Genesis 1:27 “So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.”
Psalm 139:13 “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.”
And there are many more Scriptures pertaining to beauty, and how it can be a gift, appreciated, and enjoyed, but without harming oneself or others.
However, there are some Scriptures concerning the downsides of beauty:
Warnings against Adultery:
“24 To keep you from the evil woman, From the smooth tongue of the adulteress. 25 Do not desire her beauty in your heart, Nor let her capture you with her eyelids. 26 For on account of a harlot one is reduced to a loaf of bread, and an adulteress hunts for the precious life.”
The Virtues of a Noble Woman: A Scripture that describes both.
29 “Many daughters have done nobly, But you excel them all. 30 Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain, But a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised. 31 Give her the product of her hands, And let her works praise her in the gates.”
Remember, true and lasting beauty comes from within, making one’s outward/physical appearance even more appealing.
May your beauty always shine from the inside out.