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Incorruptible Beauty

“Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.” Proverbs 31:30

Have you experienced what it’s like to see someone and think they’re beautiful, but then get to know them and notice they look less attractive to you then before? Or have you met someone who didn’t necessarily have an outward beauty that you noticed right away, but as you spent time with them you saw them as more and more beautiful? Of course, physical beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but inner beauty everyone can see – if they take the time to notice. I think that is, in part, what’s behind the following verse:

“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. For in this manner, in former times, the holy women who trusted in God also adorned themselves…” 1 Peter 3:3-5

This is not saying that you shouldn’t fix your hair, or wear make-up, or jewelry, or even wear nice clothes, but it is saying to not depend only on those things that concern the outward appearance to portray an inner beauty that can only come from the Lord.

“The apostle directs Christian females to put on something not corruptible, that beautifies the soul, even the graces of God’s Holy Spirit. A true Christian’s chief care lies in right ordering his own spirit. This will do more to fix the affections, and excite the esteem of a husband, than studied ornaments or fashionable apparel, attended by a froward and quarrelsome temper.” -Matthew Henry
(Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary on the Whole Bible)

We live in a culture that glorifies outward beauty, so much so that people are willing to go to great lengths to achieve what they think is beautiful. I’m suggesting we go against common culture and go to great lengths to achieve an incorruptible beauty of the soul. We can still take care of our outward appearance, and should (please no pajama pants in public, come on!), while putting more of an emphasis on our inward appearance. I love make-up and rarely go out in public without it, I also love clothes (you can read more about that here),and fixing my hair in different ways. Not all women enjoy make-up, jewelry, or fashion, but all of us, as women, can aim for an inner beauty that only knowing Christ can achieve.

“Those who look to him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed.” Psalm 34:5

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