Godly Beauty and why is it important?
What is beauty? What is Godly Beauty? Am I beautiful?
All of these are very good questions. Let me begin by saying I strongly believe that each and everyone of you is uniquely wonderful and beautiful. Scripture tells us that we are made after the image of God and that we are His handiwork. “He made everything beautiful in it’s time; He even set eternity in the human heart!” (Ecclesiastes 3:11). It also reminds us that we are wonderfully made. (Psalm 139:14). Now, knowing how Great our God is, would He have made anything that is less than beautiful or unique?!
We are God’s temple.
I also strongly believe that we are to take care of ourselves and our bodies because we are the Temple of the Living God. (1 Corinthians 3:16). Being a temple of such a Great God, we aught to take seriously the health and wellness, as well as neatness of our bodies, as it is a dwelling where He lives. He did not give us a body for self destruction and neglect. Apostle Paul in the Book of Romans urges us to “give our bodies as a holy and living sacrifice to the Lord”. Note that he does not say “mind” or even “heart”; he specifically says “offer your bodies” because our body is what the Lord uses to do His good works; our feet, our hands, etc. How are we to offer our bodies to the Lord if we do not take care of ourselves?
Beauty is so much more.
Thus, this leads me to say that “beauty” is not only wearing makeup and having your hair done up pretty. Beauty is so much more; it is most importantly taking care of our health and wellness; it is exercising and maintaining a healthy weight, it is taking care of our skin, nails, hair, face and even, which is my favorite- using different beauty and makeup products to enhance our natural beauty, if desired.
Beauty and the Bible
As women and especially wives, we want to look attractive to our husbands. And this principle is biblically correct. We are all familiar with the Virtuous Women of Proverbs 31. This proverb pretty much sums up Godly beauty in a women. Look at verse 22, “she is clothed in fine silk and purple”. What does that mean if not that she takes care of herself to the point where she wears “Fine Silk”? Silk is an expensive fabric and I bet it was even more so back in the day. Now, is silk necessary? No! Do we have to stress about buying the most expensive fabric and expensive elaborate things to make us look beautiful? No! Because that is not what this passage is saying. It is simply saying that “she does take care of her self and she cares about how she looks; it is important to her.”
Beautiful for him.
As a woman, I know the temptations that are out there for my husband. After all he was made a man. Therefore, I personally strive to be attractive to my husband so that his eyes stay on me and his heart is filled with love and intimate affection towards me, and me only. And even though my husband always says that I would be beautiful to him even if I were wearing a potato sack, it is still wonderful to know that he is attracted to me, as we read in Song of Solomon 4:7, “you are altogether beautiful, my darling; there is no flaw in you”.
1St Century Beauty
Now, we do find certain scripture that says “Do not adorn yourself with elaborate hairstyles and gold jewelry”. I want to make clear that in these passages, the Apostles are not saying “Do not adorn yourself. Period.” They do not mean don’t do it at all. They are not saying that wearing makeup or jewelry is sin. They are simply saying “do not let that govern your heart; do not let the physical adornment of yourself define your beauty but rather what is beautiful to the Lords eyes”. They are simply directing our focus to what is more important and what is beautiful to the Lord.
Back in the 1st Century, women did wear “elaborate hair styles” and lots of jewelry. These elaborate hair styles consisted of hours and hours of braiding and weaving. The jewelry they wore hung low from their necks and noses covering a good amount of their body, and they probably had more piercings than we have now in the 21st Century. Their worship assemblies were more like fashion shows. They drew unnecessary attention to themselves. I can see why Apostle Paul was led to instruct Timothy to urge them to not give in to so much vanity. Remember, God looks at the hearts of people not at the face, and definitely not at jewelry or hair styles.
Beautiful to the Lord
What is beautiful to our God? As I’ve mentioned earlier, the Lord looks at our hearts. Godly beauty is a heart of a quiet and gentle spirit. A God fearing woman is a beautiful woman. Dressing modestly, with decency and propriety, as those who claim or profess to know and serve the Lord is what the Lord desires of us. (1 Timothy 2:9-10).
Danger of idolizing beauty.
There is a great danger in becoming too confident in your beauty or letting it become your idol. The enemies lies catch us very quickly if our main and only focus is to be beautiful or attractive.
In Ezekiel 28:17, God is speaking to the Prince of Tyrus saying “your heart became proud on account of your beauty”. With worldly confidence comes pride and with pride comes destruction. There is no room for arrogance and pride in Godly beauty. We see in Romans 8:6 that being governed by flesh causes death. “A mind that is governed by flesh is death”. Spiritual death will come if you are solely focusing on fleshly desires. So anything that we focus on and make more important than our relationship with God, becomes an idol and although it might satisfy us for a while, it will end up leaving us empty.
Embrace your beauty!
My wish for you is that you would embrace your beautiful self. Believe that He made you beautiful and praise Him for it. Know your worth in Jesus Christ. His approval is the only one you need to worry about and the only approval that matters.
For all you ladies out there that love wearing makeup, dress up, curl your hair and wear jewelry, don’t let anyone ever tell you that is not pleasing to the Lord, is sinful or is not Godly beauty. Take care of yourself because you were a dwelling for the Living God Himself; do it for Him first and foremost; do it for your spouse and do it for yourself.
Don’t let others impose “man-made religious rules” on you. If you are unsure of whether something is appropriate or Holy before the Lord, He is the one you need to be going to about it and asking Him to show you and direct you. Because He writes His laws upon your heart, He will convict you if you are crossing the line with the way you chose to “adorn” yourself.