On Beauty – It’s Not About the Looks

I’ve read the book of 1st Peter lots of times, but today is the day I see different.  Today I have a new affirmation I didn’t even know I needed. It was one of those Aha! moments, and I get it.  As though the Father spoke directly to me, “I see you, Daughter.”

Photo Credit: Jennifer Upton
Photo Credit: Jennifer Upton

I read the words on the page, and immediately thought, “that’s me, that’s me! Peter’s talking about me!”  My heart was ecstatic. See, I’ve struggled with the whole idea of self-acceptance and self-love.  Perhaps it is because I was desperately failing at trying to live up to the world’s expectation of beauty and attractiveness.

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I tried ridiculously to fulfill the cultural definition of what it means to be beautifully adorned.

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Let’s be real here!  That crap gets expensively treacherous between the clothes, the make up, the jewelry, the shoes, the hair, nips-and-tucks – it’s just too much. Adornments and beadery And then I read the lovely words, and I knew beyond a shadow of a doubt God had spoken directly to the cry of my heart – the one held in the silent crevices of the soul. I’ve read it many times before.  Here’s the kicker that caused my soul to swell with joy.

Words that caught my soul today.

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. (NKJV 2121)

Ladies, let those words sink in for a moment – it’s not about the looks.  It’s not about making a fashion statement.  It’s not about outwardly having it “all-together.” The most beautifully attractive thing about us is our heart – our spirit.  When Peter says we have an “incorruptible beauty” it is the inner woman – the soul – the thing about us not so readily seen.  The truth that causes my heart to be perfectly and restfully satisfied is that my heart and my spirit are “very precious in the sight of God.”

BAM!  There you have it.  It is all, and it is enough.

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We are precious to God.  We are attractive to Him.  He’s not looking at our appearance.  He gazes at our internal beauty.  This – God loves – the essence of our being. Ladies you are loved, adored, and precious.  You are loved not because of how you look but because of who you are.  Your heart, your spirit, and your soul – are precious to God.  He loves you most ardently.  God loves the all and whole of you.  You are wholly loved and loved wholly.

Photo: Microsoft Office
Photo: Microsoft Office

So today, whose voice will you listen for in the whispers of the night?  The Shepherd has spoke: “This one …  she’s Mine.”

Do you hear His whisper?

“Hidden heart, I see you.  I love you.”

Ponder, and let it rest.  Breathe deep these words of truth.  Let your soul be lifted and restored.

Reference: NKJV Study Bible.  Radmacher, gen ed. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1997.

6 thoughts on “On Beauty – It’s Not About the Looks”

  1. Sigh… I’m breathing, resting, soaking in the love from Papa…
    This is the life, isn’t it – it just doesn’t get better than being loved by HIM! To hear Him say, “I see you” – it fills every aching hole, soothes every burn in our souls, and takes away the pain.

    Can there be anyone or anything as beautiful as hearing one word from Him… I believe the longer we gaze into His face, the more we become like Him. Nothing else on earth can satisfy!

    This is beautiful, Marvia… so beautiful…

    1. Very well said Susan – I think it’s why God is so serious about us bearing the image of Christ – because it reminds us whose we are – people of promise, of hope, of life, of love, of restoration, and of redemption. If I never learn anything, I have already learned the best lesson of all – that I am loved! Thank you for your encouragement may your writing continue to speak of the loving goodness and tender care of God! 😉

  2. I have struggled with loving and accepting myself since I was in my teens. It is not a healthy trap to fall into but I think it is something many girls and women struggle with. What really woke me up was when my own girls were approaching the teen years and I started hearing them model what I was saying about myself. It was a real eye-opener for me and I am happy to say that God has restored my thoughts and I can now see my beauty and worth through him. Although I still have times that I struggle I am growing in confidence as long as I stay rooted in scripture and prayer.

  3. It is what the Lord sees on the inside that matters – yes, not the outward appearance. As I was reading this the hurting words said to me in the past flowed back to me But I thank God that He saw the inward appearance which no man could see and that is the best thing.
    Let no one put you down regarding the outward. God sees the most important part of you and that – no man can see.

    1. Preach Yetunde, Preach! I think it’s one of the important truths we must grasp as Christ followers – that it is the soul – the heart that are of the most importance to God. To whom shall I go, only Christ has the words of Life that keep me rock solid. Thank you for reading. Have a blessed day!!!

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