Lately I have been getting more interest in external beauty – last year I did a professional make-up course through makeup.school and this year I have been getting advice about my wardrobe from lindapaige.com but I have also been thinking about what it means to be truly beautiful. For me true beauty goes way beyond how much we weigh, what we wear and how well we do our make-up, for me true beauty is really a matter of the heart. A truly beautiful woman is one who reflects the fruit of the Holy Spirit in her daily life.
In Galatians 5:22-23 we read “But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control.” If we reflect these qualities in our lives then I believe we will truly be beautiful. External beauty is subjective and often we tend to put down our own beauty and emphasize the beauty of others but no one can argue that someone who is loving, joyful patient, radiates peace, is kind, good, faithful, gentle and self-controlled is a beautiful person and someone you want to be around.
So although my external beauty routine may consist of a skin care regimen morning and evening, doing my make up in the morning, setting out nice clothes to wear the next day in the evening and doing exercise; my ‘true beauty’ routine also consists of soaking (spending time listening to worship music and letting God minister to me through it), prayer and spending time in God’s Word. I believe that as I make more time for these activities that I will be better able to reflect the fruit of the Spirit and therefore be a more beautiful person.
There is nothing wrong with wanting to look good on the outside but let us not forget to take time to develop our inner beauty as well. I encourage you to spend time developing skills like learning how to correctly apply make up and develop your own sense of style with regards to your wardrobe but I also want to encourage you to focus on your relationship with God and how you are reflecting that to others – are you loving, joyful, patient, kind, good, faithful, gentle and self-controlled and do you reflect the peace of Christ in your life?