There is a strong connection between inner and outer beauty. In the Scriptures God does encourage us as women to focus on the inward, to be full of good works, obey our own husbands, and care for our families. Here’s a few Scriptures on beauty and what God shares with us as women.
Scriptures on Beauty
“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. For this is how the holy women who hoped in God used to adorn themselves, by submitting to their own husbands, as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord. And you are her children, if you do good and do not fear anything that is frightening.
-1 Peter 3:3-6 (ESV)
“You are altogether beautiful, my love;
there is no flaw in you.”
-Song of Songs 4:7 (ESV)
Then the King will desire your beauty;
Because He is your Lord, bow down and honor Him.
-Psalm 45:11 (AMP)
“Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled.”
-Titus 2:3-5 (ESV)
My Struggles with Beauty & God’s View
I want to share why I believe you can be beautiful inside and outside as a woman of God. For years I struggled with insecurities and low self esteem. It was rooted in childhood abuse, my parents separation and the fact that I didn’t know my worth in Christ. Pictures like these below from when I was a teen almost make me cringe and I’ll tell you why.
I’m on the right with my Mommy and a friend from church ( both of them have always been beautiful and an inspiration of godly womanhood)
( me on the left, my sister in the middle, and our friend from church)
In these times in my life, my view of myself was very low. I dealt with self-hatred, insecurity and hated how I looked. It wasn’t just about the physical but my worth and value too.
I accepted Jesus at age 4 but still struggled for years to see my worth in Him. Over time I have learned how the Lord sees me and each of His daughters. We are loved, accepted and seen as beautiful.
I could not see how much God valued me as His daughter and how much He loved me.
Why Inner & Outer Beauty is Connected
I believe inner and outer beauty are connected because God created us with a soul, spirit, body and mind. We aren’t just physical or spiritual. Our bodies aren’t going to last forever but one day He promises to give us glorified bodies that will be eternal.
I will share make-up and beauty reviews because I enjoy them and hope to teach deeper truths through it. I think there can be unhealthy extremes in the Body of Christ where women are made to feel like they either need to completely focus on their outward appearance or they completely focus on the inward.
I believe God is balanced. He calls us beautiful, delighted in and sung over. I hope to impart truth in these blog posts. When I’m sharing about beauty and make-up it comes from a place of wanting to reflect a radiant life that is hid in Christ. You don’t have to wear make-up to be beautiful. There are many women who don’t and are beautiful. My hope is to also encourage more authenticity when it comes to beauty. There can be a lot of insecurity, jealousy and competition in this area. I’d love for women to come into places of balance and wholeness in their beauty. To radiate beauty inside and out.
I also love the creativity, freedom and joy with being feminine! My sister has always been a “girly-girl” while I definitely went through a tomboy phase that was rooted in the brokenness I experienced. I believe the beauty that God has given His daughters is under attack. Satan wants women to be influenced by promiscuity, feminism or false modest theologies that all undermine the true beauty of women that God created in His image. We were made to be helpers and nurturers. To reflect a tenderness and gentleness that is apart of God’s heart.
I’m not saying you must wear make-up or condemning you if you don’t. But, my challenge is for us to pray, seek God’s Word on who we truly are as women. If there are areas where we’re living in a distortion ask God to reveal it. My heart is to grow deeper in love with my Lord Jesus everyday and that my life reflects His. I do believe a part of that is becoming beautiful inside and out that others may know Him through me.
What’s your take on beauty? Do you see yourself as valued and beautiful to God? Are you quick to model beauty from the inside out or judge other women?