While getting ready one morning, the Holy Spirit began to speak to me about about appearance. I love make-up and curling irons. I’m a girly girl at heart. So when the Holy Spirit began to bring thoughts to my mind, I began to wonder… What if we spent half the time in the mirror of God’s Word, as we do in the physical mirror? We pay so much attention to our face, body, and hair. As wives, it should be a desire to become who the Father wants us to be though. We should think about our hearts, the inward man, and not just the outward. How much time do we really spend on that?
What if we intently looked into the Word of God and let it change us?
What if we were so particular about our actions, words, and obedience to the Word?
What if our focus was inward beauty and not outward?
I think our marriages would look a lot different. The Word of God that reveals His character is our mirror. It will show us the imperfections, the sins, and the ugliness of ourselves. It is to be our guide for life. As wives, what is more beautiful than a soul that is gentle, loving, patient, and kind? That is what God wants us to focus on. Our goal as wives isn’t too just become beautiful on the outside, but to become beautiful inwardly. That’s what the Father desires of us. He wants us to mature and grow in His likeness. There’s nothing wrong with beautifying ourselves, but that isn’t what really makes us beautiful. Our actions and words define beauty to the Father and to those humble ones around us.
If we value our physical beauty over our spiritual beauty, we need to stop and re-evaluate things.
Our society pushes physical beauty. We’re bombarded with perfecting our bodies, but it’s good for us to not let that become our focus. Our society seems look down on those who don’t keep up with the latest trends and try the latest work outs. Those who are not slim and trim are looked at shamefully. Even those who are not “pretty” to look upon are rejected. We have to remember what the Father desires of us as wives and what He looks at. He cares much more about how we treat others, how we handle disruptions, and how we love our families than how outwardly beautiful we are. He wants our inner man to be beautiful. That comes through prayer, studying His Word, and then applying it. What God says is important is direct opposite of what the world says.
We are to follow His example and desire an inward beauty that He desires. With His Spirit in us, we can strive to walk in the godliness He has called us too.
Kind. Loving. Gentle. Merciful. Patient. That’s what He desires. That’s real beauty to Him.
Lord, help us to be women of conviction, women of Your righteousness. May we seek to have a beautiful spirit and not just a beautiful face. Let our souls desire to bring peace, love, joy, goodness, and gentleness to those around us. Help us to be merciful and loving towards our husband. We want to become the wife that You desire us to be. Help us to have a desire to spend more time looking in Your mirror than our own. Give us the strength to not conform to the world’s standards of beauty, but to be transformed by Your Word to what You say is beautiful. Those who bring peace and good tidings are those You say are beautiful. Draw us nearer to Your heart, Father. In Jesus Name, Amen.
Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised.