How much do you find yourself analyzing people based on their physical appearance?
Unfortunately, this world places too much emphasis on the physical. What makes a person beautiful or attractive?
I’m sure there would probably be many answers to this based on each individuals perspective. However, contrary to popular belief, It is NOT the physical appearance that we receive love, kindness, compassion, and joy from, nor what makes one beautiful.
It is NOT the physical appearance that we really fall in love with … or connect with when we make friends. And it is NOT the physical appearance that reaches out to help others and loves back in return ….
Yes; physical appearance is important. And sadly, there are quite a few that have their identity locked solely into their appearances and how they perceive themselves. We all probably know one or more who are consumed with the “selfies” and their value, or even their lack thereof are centered in their physical attributes …..
God wants us to maintain a healthy body and to present our bodies with respect and honor. And certainly, God wants us to appear maintained and balanced in attractiveness so we represent His glory in our lives. However, attractiveness or beauty, as they say is in the eye of the beholder; and the true beauty of a person shines brighter in what they do for others and in how they love others over themselves, as well as what and how they build their character, rather than if they look great or are aesthetically pleasing to the eye ….
The reality is … we are merely a temporary vessel on this earth preparing ourselves for eternal life. A person will be more remembered, more loved, and more valued, from their inner beauty than their outer beauty …
Remember, we are instructed to NOT judge by appearance (John 7:24) and it causes much harm when we cast glances of judgment upon another soul based on that outer shell. I recently experienced this from an un-enlightened person and their comments concerning my physical hurt my emotional ….
God loves us. Each and every one of us — regardless of any of the physical, whether black, white, brown, or yellow … fat, skinny, or inbetween. And to dislike ourselves or another is to dislike Him and His creation. He made us, and God doesn’t make mistakes. He loves us all unconditionally even in all of our flaws and imperfections, saints and sinners alike ….
“We do not dare to classify or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves. When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are not wise.” (2 Corinthians 10:12)
“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 gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.” (1 Peter 3:3-4)
Know that you are loved today. You are valued, cherished, and worth more than your finite minds can comprehand. You are loved so deeply that someone willingly chose to suffer and die just to show you how much …..