MONDAY 2 May, 2016
Beautiful in Appearance
To Absalom were born three sons, and one daughter whose name was Tamar. She was a woman of beautiful appearance. - 2 Samuel 14:27
Absalom named his only daughter Tamar. No doubt in honor of his beloved sister who was raped by Amnon. She must have inherited her father’s good looks as she was described as a woman of beautiful appearance. There is nothing wrong with being endowed with beauty but our outward attractiveness should not be placed as a first priority.
The Bible places the importance of a woman’s character above her beauty. Proverbs 31:30 tells us: Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, but a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.
Godly women should be among the most beautiful women on the earth. The Bible tells us that Sarah, who was greatly admired; had beauty that surpassed others even as she aged. In His eyes He considered her inner qualities of character a far greater value than her outer loveliness. A woman’s beauty should not be merely decorative. God used her as a good example to other women. First Peter 3:3-4 gives us God’s insight on inner beauty:
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.
In truth, our outer beauty quickly fades. I Peter 1:24-25 tells us:
“All fleshis as grass, and all the glory of manas the flower of the grass. The grass withers, and its flower falls away, But the word of the Lordendures forever.”
Have you placed the right perspective on your outward appearance?
Beauty without virtue is a flower without perfume.
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