People set standards for measuring beauty… when they tell you what your clothes are supposed to look like, and when they tell you what your makeup is supposed to look like, and whether it’s the time of the year for this and that, but have we ever thought about what God’s standard for measuring beauty is?
“Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, but a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.” -Proverbs 31;30
“Do not let your adornment be merely outward—arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine appare—ratherlet it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God.” -1 Peter 3:3–4
Who is presented as the most honored woman in the Bible? Mary. Mary was great because she listened to God, she humbled herself before God, she said yes to God’s grace, she surrendered to God’s will, she experienced God, she served God joyfully, she immersed herself in the Scriptures, and she never stopped growing spiritually. In God’s eyes, Mary was a beautiful woman. God defines beauty as inward, not outward.
Mary was beautiful because: She had learned to avoid being loud and assertive in her communication: -Proverbs 9:13; 7:11, she had learned to avoid being immodest and alluring in her dress; -Proverbs 7:10, and she had learned to avoid being a fighter, quarreling to get her way: -Proverbs 20:3. If these symptoms are present, the prognosis for the future is bleak. One gifted expositor in writing about this said, “We may say with a surgeon’s frankness, her home will be like Scarlett’s—troubled, torn down, and literally Gone with the Wind.”
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