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October 2011

Beauty that’s of great worth

Every girl longs for it and does all that she can to attain it.. Beauty.
We love it when people compliment us for the way we look. For most girls, physical appearance matters so much. This is mainly because of two things – one is to be confident about ourselves and the other is that we are so worried about what others have to say about us and our looks.
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.

A Call To Persevere

     Hebrews 12.1 says, “…Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.

 We the children of the most high God are called to serve Him. Even as we know this, we may often find ourselves stumbling over innumerable blocks that come our way. To add to this, situations around us may seem totally discouraging, to the extent that we lose our hope both on God and ourselves.

     I found myself at this situation at one point of time and felt I’m never gonna make it, I’m never gonna be of any use to God. That’s when God taught me this lesson- To persevere. To hold on and not give up.

How do we Persevere?

1. Sometimes we will have to throw away some things, which may seem precious to us or which we are addicted to, in order to follow Jesus. Hebrews 12. 1 says “ Let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily strangles.”
 This thing might be our friendship, our sleep, those movies in our laptop, those songs we know we should not be listening to or we know what.
2. We need to run away from sin as Joseph did when he was tempted by his master’s wife (Genesis 39.6-12).
3.Watching and praying, as Jesus teaches us,is very important, lest we fall into temptation (Matthew. 26.4).
4.Fix your eyes on Jesus (Hebrews 12.2). When we concentrate on the problems of this world we forget that there is a God who is in control. So let us keep looking at Jesus and He will sustain us.

What is our Hope?

Jesus is our hope. He endured such opposition from sinful men, so that we will not grow weary and lose heart ( Hebrews 12.3,4).
In our struggle against sin we have not resisted to the point of shedding of blood, but Jesus has, just for our sake. And surely He can help us in our weaknesses. All we need to do is simply trust Him.

Our encouragement in Hardship

When God disciplines us we need to take it serious, but at the same time we need not lose heart, for the Lord disciplines those He loves. Indeed, He loves us and has called us His own children.
When we respect our earthly fathers for the discipline they have brought us in, how much more should we submit to the discipline of our heavenly Father.
No discipline seems pleasant  at that very moment, instead it is painful. But later it produces holiness, righteousness and peace within (Hebrews 12.11). What a blessing!

So, let us not be disheartened when God allows such situations in our life.They are just to mould us and make us the masterpiece of His hands. Let us strengthen our feeble hands and weak knees and march forward, doing the work He has called us to do (Hebrews 12.5-12).

  

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