There are so many standards of beauty that are set by society that at times it can be so easy to lose track of the true definition of beauty. What sets Christian women apart and makes them stunning? The inside.
It should be the incorruptible beauty that marinates your heart that seeps through to the outward appearance. Yes, glam up and always present yourself as beautiful but it is so important for us to recognise that beauty lays far deeper than that.
When I think about three amazing women in the Bible – Esther, Ruth and Mary (the mother of Jesus) – I often marvel at what it was that made them stand out among the rest. What was it that made them so precious and beautiful? These women had a fearlessness that is admirable. God has not given any of us a spirit of fear but one of power, love and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7). When faced with difficult situations and trials that could have left them broken, and prevented them from walking in their God-given purpose, these women decided that God’s way was the best way! Take me and use me Lord was literally the position each of them held.
Ruth left her family behind; she was determined that Naomi is who she would stay with – that Naomi’s God would be her God. Esther went before the King without being invited so that she could save her people. Mary risked the possibility of being mocked and frowned upon for the rest of her days, by those living in her society at the time, to give birth to the Son of God!
Beauty is not something that can be plastered on each morning. It is something that is cultivated over time – a dependency in God that creates a gentle and quiet spirit that is pleasing in His eyes (1 Peter 3:4).
Beauty is facing difficult times but knowing that God is so much greater than the storm. Beauty is having patience to say not my will God but Yours because I know You make everything beautiful in its time (Ecclesiastes 3:11). Beauty is loving others with the love of Christ – in the way that Jesus taught us to love.
As you continue in this week, think about the standard of beauty that we should all be aiming for: a beauty that allows God to be glorified!