Growing up as an only daughter, my mum always told me that there is something that makes a person really beautiful and it transcends the beauty that we see. I was made to understand that a person’s character is a reflection of who that person is on the inside i.e. how beautiful that person is on the inside. Well, I thought it was just all related to good works, kindness, how much a person smiles and how a person acts until I realised that
good works aren’t enough until someone was introduced into the equation.
Dictionary.com defines beauty as the quality present in a thing or person that gives intense pleasure or deep satisfaction to the mind, whether arising from sensory manifestations (such as shape, colour, sound, etc.), a meaningful design or pattern. Merriam-Webster dictionary defines beauty as the quality or aggregate of qualities in a person or thing that gives pleasure to the senses or pleasurably exalts the mind or spirit.
Beauty is how you feel inside and it reflects in your eyes. It is not something physical. – Sophia Loren
When you hear the word beauty, what comes to your mind?
To some of us, the first thing that comes to our mind might probably be how beautiful a person looks, how curvy a person is, how much make-up a person wears—we are most times more interested in physical attributes, and with these days where ‘Eye brows on Fleek’ is trending, people have reduced beauty to how beautiful a person’s brows are. It’s funny right? But look around you and you’d find even worse definitions of this word. To some, it’s in a person’s intelligence, a person’s bank status, etc.
When it comes to this subject, people hold different views. The topic however is a rather broad one but I would be writing on an aspect of it ‘Inner Beauty’.
What is Inner beauty?
Different people definitely have different definitions of this as they do to everything in this life. People may even try to define it using either science, philosophy, chemistry, etc. As God’s children, we must look at what God says about it. Beauty is defined by God alone, he sets the standard. Whatever opinion that has been formed and is still to be formed concerning this and anything in life must have its source in Christ.
Inner beauty is real beauty; it is the true kind of beauty because it is on the inside. It might not be so visible outwardly but I assure you it is contagious. The same way bad attitude stinks, inner beauty radiates. 1Samuel 16:7 tells us how God sees man. It tells us that God judges man a whole differently than we do and that God looks into the heart. The heart is the very core of inner beauty. At different times we’ve been judged by our appearance even before we could open our mouths to speak. Some of us have been told how we don’t look the part so we don’t get the job, just because we lack certain attributes that the society has overtime tagged ‘Requirements’ and hence, accepts.
Is that all that should be looked out for? On the flip side, we have at different times laughed at people for dressing a particular way, having a certain body shape or certain physical attributes but for some reasons, when that person gets to talk to us for a few minutes, we are amazed at how much content he/she has. What did we do at first? We judged the container without having any clue what the content was all about. With God, the case is totally different because he knows us too well; in and out and cares for us all too much and as a matter of priority, he is very concerned with what comes out from our inside (as a man thinks, so is he…Proverbs 4:23).
What kind of thoughts do you entertain? Do you know that whatever you give thought to, you also give life to? God looks at the heart, Yes! But don’t get it twisted, whatever you fill your heart with, will eventually come out, gradually shaping who you are.
This kind of beauty is not visible to the eye, it is internal, in the heart and in the spirit. It cannot be seen in a mirror. This is the kind of beauty that catches the eye of God.
It is the heart whose thoughts, intents, motives, attitudes and perspectives are directed towards Christ. The heart that loves and adores God; that is where true beauty is found. It has nothing to do with how many guys or ladies you are able to attract, how many heads you’re able to spin when you walk past or how in tune you are with the latest fashion trend.
Let’s take a cue from the Proverbs 31 woman (read all of it at your own time) but look at Proverbs 31:30 it says, “Charm is deceptive, Beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised”. Proverbs 1:7 “Start with God- the first step in learning is bowing down to God…” You may be asking yourself, how do I get truly beautiful? Well, I’m not going to give you a long list of do’s and don’ts but I have just one answer. Matthew 6:33, “Seek first God’s kingdom and every other thing shall be added unto you”. Yes! Seeking God’s kingdom starts with accepting the finished work of Christ on the cross. You need to seek the kingdom of God first above all else before you can ever get to fully understand who you are and before who you are on your inside becomes felt by anyone you come in contact with. Seek who God is (search him out) and Accept him. The more you sit at God’s feet, the more of his image will be seen in you and the more beauty you will begin to exude from your inside. Inner beauty radiates, it never needs to wear make-up and it never wrinkles. It is the beauty of Christ within you…..