Wednesday, May 31st, 2017
Self-Examination (Part 71)
The Lord says, 'The women of Zion are haughty, walking along with outstretched necks, flirting with their eyes, strutting along with swaying hips, with ornaments jingling on their ankles.
Isaiah 3:16 (NIV)
Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing,
But a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.
Proverbs 31:30 (NKJV)
A beautiful woman who lacks discretion is like a gold ring in a pig's snout.
Proverbs 11:22 (NLT)
Do not let your adornment be merely outward--arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel--rather let 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 (NKJV)
Physical beauty is a striking gift, and most women want to be attractive. Being attractive carries many perks: admiring glances and preferred treatment in a variety of pleasing ways.
However, like any wonderful gift, beauty is also a temptation: a temptation to love the perks too much; a temptation to feel substantial pride; a temptation to please men and not God.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: God designed you to be attractive, so hiding your looks is not His plan. This being said, consider these points:
1) If Jesus made you fishers of men, then your beauty is a fishing lure. It's meant to draw attention to you--while you draw attention to Jesus.
2) You must find the delicate balance of good shows without showing too much; of elegance without enhancement; of style without sensuality.
3) Work on a lovely interior, on a helpful and generous faith. Because without true humility, the Lord says you're a pig in disguise.
4) Media's a bawdy, gaudy show, and some stars are flagrantly flashy. But if you are stylishly simple, you'll radiate the finesse of fresh.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Self-Examination series.