It is definitely good to take care of the way we look, for we have to be confident about ourselves, and also be careful to be clean and elegant. Looking shabby and uncomely is gonna bring our reputation down and we should not give it a chance. But we also need to see to it that this is not the only thing we give importance to.
As the children of God, I want you to think about this beauty, that is of great worth in the sight of God. Peter writes in his first letter:
“Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes.
Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gently and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight” (I Peter 3:3,4).
Now this need not literally mean only braided hair and gold jewelry. This refers to any type of physical adornment we use to deck ourselves up. Again, not meaning to say that making ourselves look good is wrong, it is not. In fact, as I’ve mentioned above, it is good to be neat. Taking care of how we look on the outside, is important. But this should not be our only aim. We need to be balanced and should give emphasis to our inner beauty also.
Coming to what the scripture says about this unfading beauty. Do we really possess this gentle and quiet spirit? How do we react when we are accused wrongly, spoken bad of for no fault of ours, when we find everything around us is going wrong? Do we lose our control and try to pay back evil with evil, do we get discouraged and say “I have no hope”, or do we keep our cool, assured of the way God Himself will make things work together for our good in His own time, and surrender everything at His feet?. It doesn’t matter how rude a person can be with us, let us ask God to help us speak with gentleness as it is said in proverbs 15:1, ” A gentle answer turns away wrath”.
There is one more thing we need to remember. Of course we all know it – it is the fact that our physical beauty keeps fading but not our inner beauty. No matter how hard we try to look good, one day all that is gonna fade away. But there is one thing, that will still make us special women, that Proverbs 31 talks about, in the following verse,
“Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised” (Proverbs 31:30).
Yes, the fear of God, makes us women worthy of praise. Seeking God and holding a good character, values and virtue matters a lot. Focusing on just the way we look physically is not gonna be of any help. It may even lead to unwanted problems. But when we learn to submit to God and follow what He teaches us to do, we become blessed with the beauty that will last.