“Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious.” 1 Peter 3-4 ESV
Whether we’re struggling with our weight, going through body changes, fighting acne, or trying to block out what the world defines as beautiful, we all know what it’s like to see our faces in the mirror and wish we could change something. As women, our outward appearance often has a way of defining how the world sees our worth, as well as how we see ourselves. It’s hard not to get wrapped up in how much you weigh or the standard of beauty in our society; so, as Christians, how do we stray away from this flawed concept of outward beauty?
Let me just say this: our worth is not defined by our outward appearance. Our worth is thankfully defined by what Christ did on the cross. He created us in His image, and once we wrap our minds around the beauty in that, materialistic things start to become dull and unwanted. Our beauty is not in the eye of the beholder, but in Christ’s eyes. Peter emphasizes this point in the verse above—true beauty is not found in how we look, but in our conduct, which is an extension of our heart.
The next time we look at ourselves in the mirror, we can confidently know we are beautiful—Christ has covered our sins and inward blemishes, and the more we rest in the fact that our worth comes from Him, the more beautiful we will feel.
Father, let my eyes be fixated on You. When I start to question my worth, help me to rest in the fact that I am Yours.
The next time you find yourself being negative about your appearance, change those negative remarks into positive compliments. Turn to Scripture and pray God will put your focus on Him.