Sunday, February 20, 2011

God Wants to Love You : Beauty - Part #1

God wants to Love you. Do you have a problem with that? What about on those days when the rain pours down your window sills and your heart aches with anticipation, worry, fret, cares...Why are you blue? Has someone hurt you? Do you love someone and worry that they don't love you? How is it that most times we refuse to let God's love satisfy us...because we are too consumed in our worry, fret...that we "won't" or "can't" be loved by others, or someone other than God.

God has "NEVER" been the one to look down from heaven and say "Girl, you aren't pretty enough for me", or "Boy, you aren't cool enough for me...Nope, not for me to love You".

The world looks on the outward appearance, but God looks at the heart. 1 Samuel 16: 7
It's true. True beauty comes from the inside out. And until our eyes are transformed into "eyes that look within" we will never see "true beauty" on this earth. God created everything and looked upon it and said "It is good".

So if Adam and Eve were "good"...what about you?
King David from the Bible says "You formed me in my Mother's whom".
So if "God" formed "Him". He must have been "good" in His sight.
God never creates anything ugly. We make ourselves ugly on the inside, by choosing to not serve or believe in Him that made us.

Girls: these days we seem to worry. We worry about being beautiful. We worry that we won't be excepted. We worry that guys won't think we are pretty enough. It's natural that we should be attracted to beauty and want to conform to it. But the beauty that we should conform to, is not the same beauty that most strive to con from to, at all. God made Woman attractive. He made them to step out and "Wow" the man, his jaw to drop open and say "God she's amazing". But God also made the woman to step out and be beautiful in her ways, in her waking and in her A woman is beautiful by the way she lives. Who she is. Proverbs says:

10 Who can find a "virtuous" woman? for her price [is] far above rubies.

30 Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain,
But a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised.
31Give her the product of her hands,
And let her works praise her in the gates.

(Her Excellence as a Person)
~ Proverbs 31:10-31

Notice that physical "fairness" is not noted of having a worth far above rubies. In fact I would think that Delilah was probably physically attractive, and yet this did not hold of great worth for her...Who shall be praised? not a pretty woman? not a fashionable woman? not a "hot", "sexy", gal? Nope. Who? A Woman who 'Fears the Lord'.
A Woman who looks at all the World has to offer and says, Nah! I will not cling to the fashions and trends, nor believe the lies of the world...that say I must conform to their labels, and be immodest, and sell myself short. No I will honor others, honor men, honor my body, honor my God's standards, be Virtuous, and in doing so, "Fear the Lord". For a "Virtuous Woman" is worth high above rubies. So here is a lesson for us ladies on "worth".
It is true that women desire to feel that they have "worth". That is one reason that men in order to win our hearts must show us that they truly see us as a costly and "worth it" passion. Love shows "worth". It is not true Love if it does not.
A lot of people fall for the secondary...what is that? Well, first let me say that if a person never feels that they have any "worth", or are never shown that they have "worth" or are treated like they have "worth" than they will go for the secondary type of affection and that goes like this...looking for acceptance, approval, or affection, from somebody, anybody, whether or not they truly "can", "are willing", or "know" how to give it to them. In other words, it's love of the second type "false love" the "world's kind of love", which instead of satisfying a person, instead leaves them with second, or third degree, burns....
I've been finding out more lately how very important it is for a woman to know that she is Loved. And for Guys too, Love is important...
But right now we are talking about us Ladies, and about true Beauty, and about true worth.

You see before the Fall, and Sin. Man and Woman could completely trust and confide in each other, they were open with each other in every way, and they were satisfied in the Love of God, and loved each other. What makes this so relevant is I believe the #1 reason that this was so...was because they were so very "certain" of the Love of God, His Sovereignty; were completely satisfied, and knew that they were made, and that God considered their appearance "perfect". They knew they were divinely made, therefore they were content beyond our understanding...They were being made by God, what could be more awesome and beautiful than that? Perhaps the fact that they weren't only living things, but they were "Spiritually" alive as well, and here's the big topper: They were made "in the image of God"! Whoa, bang, hit!
It is only after the fall, that man was ashamed, self-conscious 'to his fault', and worried about outward appeal.
God made everything to be beautiful. In heaven everything is more beautiful than we imagine here on earth, why? Because our sin has made things ugly.
This is one reason why we see when a person first trusts and accepts, believes in the Lord - they begin to become more beautiful not only on the inside, but it glows on their outside. The most "beautiful" people I have ever seen were "beautiful" because their insides, and surety of God's Love, and Love for others, radiated out of them, and no matter what their physical "hipness" was, they struck me as quite beautiful. You can see it most clearly in their eyes. God is Beautiful. And anyone basking and dwelling in the rays of His light, becomes beautiful also.
Don't let anyone fool you, beauty can be transferred. LOL

Another note on Women and beauty:
1 Peter 3:3-4
...Whose adorning let it not be that outward [adorning] of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel;
But [let it be] the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, [even the ornament] of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.

Therefore we are reading that: Let not our beauty be gathered, or labeled for us, by the outward look of our hair, our jewelry, or in our clothes -
but rather in our "inner man/ or woman". In our heart. This beauty is not "corruptible", nor fades with age. Also, a Humble (gentle) and peaceful (tranquil) Spirit. This in the sight of God is of "great" price.

Beauty comes from Within. This is where beauty starts.

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