Saturday, May 31, 2008

True Beauty

I came across this video as I was randomly stalking people's blogs.

"As a ring of gold in a swine's snout, So is a beautiful woman who lacks discretion." -Prov. 11:22

"Your adornment must not be merely external - braiding the hair, and wearing gold jewelry, or putting on dresses; but let it be the hidden person of the heart." 1 Pet. 3:3-4a

In the book of Esther, the writer made it a point to say that she was beautiful BEFORE she was taken to the citadel of Susa. At the king's palace, the women brought there were basically made beautiful (think the Persian version of that video up there) for A WHOLE YEAR! Yet the writer says she was beautiful BEFORE that process.
The writer also says that she found favor with Hegai, who was in charge of the women. I suspect that Hegai had seen plenty of haughty women who were pining for the crown like lions for meat. So the way that Esther found favor with him was probably in her attitude and words.

Likewise, we shouldn't be so concerned with looking perfect. We should be more concerned with our spiritual beauty because at the end of the day, that's what really matters.
Now don't think that this means we should schlep around not having showered in weeks, because that extreme is ALSO wrong. In a verse in the New Testament, it says that our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit and should be treated as such.
(does anyone remember the specific verse? if so, please leave it as a comment. much thanks!)

1 musings:

piningforthefjords said...

1 Corinthians 6:19 - Thanks, Pastor Brent!