Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Word of the Day... June 12, 2013

For You formed my inward parts;
         You covered me in my mother’s womb.
 I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
         Marvelous are Your works, 
         And that my soul knows very well.
 My frame was not hidden from You,
         When I was made in secret, 
         And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
 Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.
         And in Your book they all were written, 
         The days fashioned for me, 
         When as yet there were none of them.  Psalm 139:13-16

Lately I have been getting so many of you tell me that you think you are not attractive.  I think that we all need to look at ourselves as the Lord sees us and not how the "world" thinks we should look.

As Christians we need to keep our focus on the Lord and not on the world.  When I look through the pages of a fashion magazine there are images that are so photoshopped that create a sick standard that no human could possibly meet.

I would rather concentrate on my inner beauty.  What is in my heart.  The qualities that would reveal God's concept of beauty. The beatitudes reveal some of God’s standards of beauty. An awareness of one’s spiritual poverty, sorrow for sin, hunger and thirst for righteousness, mercy, purity of heart, and being a peacemaker are all qualities of beauty. We should do things that are valued by God: keeping a living faith while enduring physical hardships, controlling the tongue, enduring personal harm to protect the church’s influence, making sacrifices for the good of others, and living by Christian convictions in the face of ridicule. These are all beautiful to God.

However, just as a beautiful appearance can become ugly through neglect, a beautiful life of righteousness can become ugly through neglect. Spiritual beauty must never be taken for granted or be neglected. We must remember that just as it is possible to be one of society’s most impressive people and be ugly in the eyes of God, it is also possible to be an unknown in society and to be radiantly beautiful in His eyes.  God bless you!!! :):)


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