Carey Lewis Devotions
Tuesday, June 12th, 2018
Hot Topics... Beauty
How beautiful you are, my darling, how beautiful you are! Your eyes are like doves.
Song of Solomon 1:15 (NASB)
Rebekah... was very beautiful to behold.
Genesis 24:15-16 (NKJV)
Rachel was beautiful of form and appearance.
Genesis 29:17 (NKJV)
Now Joseph was handsome in form and appearance.
Genesis 39:6 (NKJV)
Why is beauty such a hot topic? Because it gets heated responses, like lust, envy and admiration. Because beautiful people get looks, likes and even perks along the way.

When stars sizzle on a red carpet, when beauty queens sparkle on a stage, when models fire up an ad campaign...

Emotions are strikingly inflamed, but care must be taken with a fire.

I get that girls want to feel pretty and most guys enjoy being handsome. Still, if we get stuck on packaging, we may lose when the box is opened.

Consider two crucial Q & A's:

Q: Should a beautiful Christian hide it?

A: No! But a believer's behavior must show an even greater beauty.

Q: Should a beautiful Christian flaunt it?

A: No! To avoid lust, envy and come-on's, dress with finesse: cool understatement.

Bottom line: Beauty is a gift with a purpose*--namely to glorify the Giver. Just don't let its quest overwhelm you.

## Hot Topic Series: Beauty (Part 8)

* Previous Devotion Series, Beautiful Like Esther (Part 1 of 27):

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Hot Topics series.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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