1 Peter 3:3-4 “Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.” (NIV)
I am beautiful! I don’t mean that in a conceited way. I have struggled for many years with insecurity of my outward appearance. My self-doubt started during my freshman year of high school. Just one silly little comment from some boy, I don’t even remember who it was, made me question everything about myself. It sounds ridiculous to me now, but at fourteen it rocked my world. I struggled with body image and feeling beautiful into adulthood. Honestly, ladies, I still struggle most days.
God started to ask me why I still didn’t see what He saw. He had created me and I was not honoring God with his creation. First Peter is a reminder that the beauty God created me with is not the outward expressions of hairstyles and accessories or even the clothing I choose, but of my inner self; a “gentle and quiet spirit”.
Looking beyond my outward appearance is a daily decision that I have to make. What helps me find beauty within myself is keeping my heart and head on what Jesus desires of me and also looking for it in other women. Not only looking to see it for myself, but telling them how very beautiful they are. As the saying goes: it takes ten uplifting comments to counter a
single downcast comment towards another. In my personal experience, sometimes it takes more than ten. Lord, help me to see that I am beautiful. You created me beautiful in Your sight. With every day that I wake, help me to see beauty in the women around me. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Continue reading 1 Peter 3:5-6 and remember that you are worth more than what you wear or how you look on the outside. Look in the mirror and tell yourself that you are beautiful because this is what God sees; beauty. Finally, tell someone how beautiful she is. Provide that one uplifting comment to counter another that you may never have known existed.
Further Study: Proverbs 11:22, 24:4; Ecclesiastes 3:11