It is often stated that “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder” - I couldn’t agree more and I’m sure you do to. We all have different thoughts on what beautiful is and I think it is influenced by our upbringing and social environment. But do you ever wonder what God thinks beauty is? Often when we think of beauty, we think of certain physical features which in our mind make a lady beautiful. But, does God also look at our physical features or is there something more? What really makes a women beautiful before God? Let’s find out.
1 Peter 3: 4 states - “Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.” - KJV
Peter advises women to not focus on the vain things of this world, on how we adorn ourselves, and to stay away from those things which steal our focus on God. He advises against those things which are just ostentatious, which Jewelry certainly tends to be and the focus is just on, me, me, me and not on the God that is in me. In Peter’s time, and I think it’s pretty much the same in our time, Women tended to focus way too much time on adorning and fixing themselves, to the point where that became ALL of their focus. These ladies were uptight, selfish, self-centred and just very vain individuals (Libranos Senor!) and because of this, they could not get over themselves to get into GOD. That being said, it doesn’t mean, we aren’t going to worry about fixing ourselves at all and that all that jazz is bad! Please take showers, put gel in your hair, a clip to hold it in place, and a nice modest outfit, we don’t want to see how you look when you wake up!!! – The key is Moderation. But seriously speaking, where the problems lies is when that becomes our main focus and we worry more about our appearance – trying to impress man, than seeking God and trying to impress HIM. When we spend more time on our appearance than what we do, seeking to be more like HIM!
As we continue to read this scripture, we can note exactly what it is that God considers beautiful in a lady! It’s the beauty of having a meek and quiet spirit which is of great price in his sight. I love that the verse states that this type of beauty is incorruptible! Our physical beauty will corrupt as we age but our inner beautiful being will never corrupt! That is what God desires for us to work on and focus on more than anything else, our inner being, that each day we work towards HIM being formed in us. (Galatians 4:19)
So what does it mean to have a meek and quiet spirit? I was able to do some research and came across these qualities for a person with a “meek and quiet spirit”;
Dependant on God
A person with these qualities is what God considers beautiful! It’s not our physical characteristics which make us pretty in God’s eyes, but rather that we may possess these qualities and inspire our families and friends to possess these qualities as well. That each day we focus beautifying our spirit first, more than anything else. That our focus can be on people seeing Christ in us rather than just seeing how great we look. The Lord enjoys when it’s less about us and our focus is more of HIM and love for others. Afterall that is the Greatest commandment after all. (Matthew 22:38-40) Let’s seek each day to be beautiful in our Lord’s eyes that he may greatly desire us, to be with us, to fill us with his Joy.
So the King will greatly desire your beauty; Because He is your Lord, worship Him. - Psalms 45:11