I have yet to meet the woman who doesn't have an inner longing to be beautiful.
Stasi Eldridge and her husband talk a lot about this truth in their book Captivating. We're all more than aware of how the fashion and cosmetics industries capitalize on this need in the souls of women.
My own recognition of this need in myself and others caused me to be quite captivated by a few scriptures I came across during my time with God this morning.
I was reading in Ephesians 5:26-27, focusing on what Christ has done for His church. But the way Eugene Peterson paraphrased these verses, specifically the 2nd half of the 26th verse, in The Message especially caught my attention. He put it this way:
Christ's love makes the church whole. His words evoke her beauty.
Christ's words evoke the beauty of His bride, the church. So how can I hear Christ's words?
Certainly the Holy Spirit speaks to my heart. The Holy Spirit also takes the Bible and quickens it to my soul and mind. I truly believe that studying God's Word, taking in what it says, changes us. Brings out the beauty within which God created us to exude. I believe this includes both internal and external beauty.
Ecclesiastes 8:1 reminds me:
Who is like the wise man? Who knows the explanation of things? Wisdom brightens a man's face and changes its hard appearance.
Have you ever looked into the face of physically attractive person, but found them unattractive because of something "hard" about their face? Perhaps something in the eyes or expression. Or have you ever met someone who looked old beyond their years, like they'd had a terrible life? There's no doubt that who we are, how we've lived, affects how we appear.
What kind of beauty is it that you long for?
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