Beauty is a hot topic in the world of Christian women nowadays. This has stirred up lots of talk (and sometimes strong debate) about modesty. Pants vs. skirts, how much makeup is too much, and shirt necklines are all part of the conversation. But today, I want to set all of that aside and talk about what really makes a woman beautiful.
As I’m sure you’ve heard before, true beauty stems from the heart. We all know that to be true to some extent. Think about those girls you know that everyone thinks are gorgeous but have the worst attitudes. Their bodies may be beautiful, but their hearts sure aren’t.
At some point in your life, you may have met a woman who has so much Jesus in her that she seems to glow with joy. There’s a certain magnetism that she has, people can’t help but want to spend time with her. No matter her looks, she’s seen as beautiful.
What is our obsession with beauty? If you think about it, at the very center of this desire is the want to be liked and loved. We want people to notice us, and then like us enough to want to get closer. We want to be admired and remembered. Sure, being beautiful may get us to that first step, but if your heart isn’t beautiful, the second step will never happen.
So, do you want to be beautiful? Start with the inside. Here are a few qualities that will emanate real beauty:
Kindness. When you treat people kindly (sometimes that’s a rare quality in today’s world) they notice that you’re different in a good way. The trick to being truly kind is maintaining that loving-kindness even when someone doesn’t deserve it. A stranger is being rude? Do something nice for them to make their day easier. Sure, it may be super hard to do, but that person and anyone who was watching will remember you.
Courage. A woman who is not ruled by fear is beautiful indeed. Courageous women often become role models. This isn’t to say that you’re not beautiful if you become scared. It’s what you do with that fear that makes the difference. The Bible tells us over and over not to be afraid. God has our backs! When we believe that, we become what I like to call warrior women.
Humility. A humble woman gives the glory to God. She knows she doesn’t have great achievements in her own power. Have you ever met a prideful person that you admired? It’s very hard to enjoy someone’s presence when they think they’re the greatest thing since sliced bread. Humble people are like finding an oasis in the desert.
Living out these qualities can be so difficult in today’s culture. We’re encouraged to think of ourselves before anyone else, boast about what we can do, and constantly have scary news thrown in our faces. Being kind, courageous, and humble will take a lot of work. With God’s help, we can most certainly achieve it.
As a woman in my early 20’s, this all goes against everything society tells me to be. But I’ve decided I want to be truly beautiful.
I encourage you to pursue true beauty as well! Encourage all of the women in your life to focus on beauty of the heart. Comment below other qualities that make the daughters of God beautiful!
P.S. If you want to do some reading in the Bible about the subject, read Proverbs 31 for sure!