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What Defines Beauty?


There is a stigma in society that beauty is based on the way one looks. If someone stumbles across a person with close to perfect skin, hair, style, have flawless make-up, and can fit into a size 4 – they are somehow deemed beautiful. The problem with this paradigm is that when this perceived beautiful person gains weight, take off their make-up, or struggles with a season of acne -we are essentially implying that they are no longer beautiful.


In other words, if you define beauty based on the way someone looks- then you are basically suggesting that a person is not beautiful if they fail to have the characteristics you perceive as beautiful.


This is a hard pill to swallow and a hard expectation to live up to and, unfortunately, many people are tucking, cutting, and starving themselves in order to live up to this false sense of beauty.

In the Bible, we see beauty defined a completely different way. The Bible says, “Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised” (Proverbs 31:30).


I am not beautiful because someone said that I am.

Instead…


I am beautiful because the Father says that I am (Psalm 139:14).

I am beautiful because my Savior saw it fit to die for a wretched sinner like me.

I am beautiful because I have weaknesses, flaws, and scars that tell a story.

I am beautiful because I have completely identified myself with Jesus—I am His daughter and I rest in the knowledge that He loves me, approves of me, and has chosen me.


When God created me and you He said, “It is very good” (Genesis 1:31).

If the Creator of the universe says that we are good, why worry about the opinions of man? Why try to live up to the standards of broken people who constantly define and redefine what beauty is?

Our beauty is not contingent on the way we walk, talk, or look. It is based on the treasures that lies within our heart and soul.


“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasures is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6: 19-21).


Let’s treasure the opinion of God more than the fickle opinions of man.

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