Beauty is simultaneously attractive and expressive. “The best part of beauty is that which no picture can express” – Priscilla Presley.
For starters, our #LeahSeries has been all about exhibiting inner character strength amidst vicissitudes of life and being the best possible version of yourself inside-out. This is because your character defines you. Beauty has a lot to do with character. You can maintain originality and the right attitude regardless of experiences. The original you is not programmed to be self destruct; you are not wired to break or get damaged under pressure or nasty experience. And most importantly, you do not regulate your life by experience but by the standard of God’s Word…This is what I call true beauty!
I Peter 3:3-5 NIV – “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. For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to adorn themselves…”
Although the above verse of scripture is originally addressed to women, we can still learn a thing or two about how God sees beauty. Permit me to digress a little: I have seen people quote this verse out of context… that women should not adorn themselves in fancy hairstyles, jewelries, clothes and the likes…LOL. No! Refusing to adorn yourself physically is strictly a matter of lifestyle choice and personal conviction. The correct interpretation of the verse is that, inner beauty should be prioritized over physical beauty; in other words, inner beauty should be the most important part of improving yourself. Okay, back to the crux of the matter: the underlining lesson to draw from this verse is that true beauty comes from within (inner self) and is the unfading, finest mix of a gentle and quiet spirit that remains undaunted amidst challenges. This inner beauty is of great worth (value) in God’s sight.
Now, the term ‘inner self’ or ‘spirit’ as used above refers to the real/original you; it depicts originality. So, we can paraphrase the underlined texts to read: Your beauty should be that of your real self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet you. You can develop yourself to the point where you remain absolutely gentle/calm/serene/unperturbed even under pressure and refuse to react in the flesh. It is not enough that we go through hard times, it matters to God that we go through it the right way – the bible way! And the bible way is that we remain steadfast, unflinching, undaunted, unfading, and consistent in character borne out of a gentle and quiet spirit. It is a winning strategy! Satan and his cohorts can’t understand or match this dimension of beauty! This is God’s definition of beauty! No picture or selfie can adequately express this kind of beauty and guess what, It is the best part of beauty!
This kind of beauty just like love, grows, develops and blooms. You grow and develop it by the Word of God. The more of God’s Word you imbibe, the more radiant you’ll become because the Word is a beautifier. This beauty makes you comfortable and confident in your perfect imperfections because you become fully aware that you are complete in Him. It is one of the treasured gifts Jesus brought to us – Isaiah 61:3. Every child of God is unapologetically beautiful! You are beauty-personified! God calls you beautiful, so answer your name! Give that beauty expression (exude it) in your life because anything short of that can be equated to living a lie. Don’t allow ashes (sorrows, ruins, humbling experiences, mourning, disgrace etc) steal your beauty. You are bigger than that!
Here is the conclusion of the matter: you can’t know God and not know true beauty because God is beautiful! The very creations of God express beauty and you are one, so don’t ever second-guess yourself.
Say with me: “I am unapologetically beautiful”!