Monday, June 3, 2013

Charm & Beauty
Proverbs 31:30
"30 Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing,
but a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.
31 Give her of the fruit of her hands,
And let her own works praise her in the gates."
Today is all about reflecting on ourselves as God’s unique feminine creatures. Earlier this week I meditated on the above verse and it spoke to me. I found it to be very interesting that the bible says charm is deceitful.  Have you ever meet anyone so charming you could not tell if their actions were genuine or malicious? Well this is probably because “charming” people usually have an ulterior motive behind their actions and it is not sincere. They are seeking a benefit for selfish purposes. However, this is not how we are meant to behave, we were made to be transparent, to be deep spiritual beings and not just look at outer superficial, exterior surfaces. At the end of the day outer beauty is passing. Many of you may say well there is always plastic surgery or little tweaks that I can make on my body and face to keep a younger appearance. While this may be true, as you get older no matter how many facelifts, or Botox injections you may have had you will never really be able to capture that natural beautiful glow of your early youth. It is just the law of nature. Nonetheless, this does not mean that we should abandon ourselves. We should focus on not only beautifying our exterior but also our interior because that can remain beautiful as long as we live, if we allow it. A woman who is beautiful on the inside fears the Lord and is one that is kind, gentle, caring, loving etc... These characteristics make her a truly beautiful woman and it is so clearly evident in her, it shines through! One would not be able to help but to fall in love with her because her inner beauty shines so bright. Fascinatingly, the following verse says let her own works praise her in the gates.  This means she has sown a fruit (it could be love, kindness, joy or anything that is good and pure) and it is rewarding. This “fruit” gives back and lifts her up while others praise her because of the work of this fruit. This to me is true feminine beauty at it’s best, carrying out God’s purpose in our lives. To not only thinking of ourselves but to think (and act) on others, it shows our fear and love for the lord.
 You can't hide an ugly soul no matter how pretty you are. The bible says: “As water reflects the face, so one's life reflects the heart” Proverbs 27:19. Who you truly are will reflect in your face.
Do you want to a “passing beauty” or even "She's pretty but UGLY on the inside"  or the one who regardless of age - True beauty shines forth like a bright light that grows with each passing day?

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