Sunday, May 29, 2011

THE LAST WORD - excerpt from my "Fashion and style tips" page

There is a ton more to beauty than eyes, make-up, clothes, new trends, color schemes, hair styles, body types, and cute jewelry. You are probably expecting me to go on how beauty is more than skin deep, and that natural cosmetics, helping the environment, and exercises and diet have a lot to do with true beauty. Or maybe you are thinking that I'm going to talk about finding the "true you", being true to yourself, and respecting and loving yourself. Perhaps, it is your attitude, how you treat others that makes you truly beautiful. While none of these things are bad, there is one more very important thing that is the only thing that matters in the end. What is the meaning of beauty? I think we should look to the One who created beauty; the One who IS beauty! God. Look at the account of His creation.  (May I be as bold to say the ONLY true origin of the world?)

Genesis 1:1-4a
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good

We are speaking of a perfect God... and perfect, flawless beauty comes from Him.

Psalms 73:1a
Surely God is good.

Psalms 50:2
From Zion [God's city], perfect in beauty, God shines forth.

God is good, God is perfect, lets see what He has to say about beauty in the ones He created to be beautiful!

1 Peter 3:1-5
If any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behavior... when they see the purity and reverence of your lives. Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.

That "inner self" God talks about is a lot different than the "inner self" we hear all about today. This verse does not mean that we shouldn't wear our hair in pretty styles, wear gold jewelry, or have "fine" or stylish clothing. This all would be considered "outward adornment", and is not what beauty comes from.

Lets see what our beauty should NOT be:

Ezekiel 28:17
Your heart became proud on account of your beauty, and you corrupted your wisdom because of your splendor.

Ezekiel 16:16
You took some of your garments to make gaudy high places, where you carried on your prostitution. You went to him, and he possessed your beauty.

Keep your beauty pure! According to how God created it!

In the end, its not the fashion designer that has the say; God definitely has the last word!

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