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Wednesday Devotional: Don’t Judge on Appearance

Like I wrote in last week’s Wednesday Devotional, Beauty Isn’t Everything. A person’s appearance doesn’t display what’s in their heart! Someone can have the most beautiful body, but the ugliest attitude. Another person might dress like a slob, but have the most amazing personality.

1 Samuel 16:7 says, “But the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees; man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.'”

In today’s world, we often lift up the most masculine man or the most beautiful woman, but God is telling us these things are meaningless to him. We idolize the strongest, toughest, fastest men there are, but if their heart is not pure, God will reject them. Women look at other women, who have the skinniest, tallest, most tone bodies and strive to look like them, but God does not see us the way we view each other. Self-image consumes men and women of our age.

But God only thinks about our inner beauty! Thank you, Lord! He doesn’t worry about what we look like on the outside; He only cares about whats in our hearts!

Outward appearance will not predict whether or not one will obey the Lord, but the actions from his heart are the only true measures of his obedience to God.

It is natural for us to judge people outwardly, but we need not be so quick to judge them in this flesh.

This week, try to stop judging people so harshly by what we can merely see of them on the outside. Begin to look into their heart before putting them on a platform or pushing them off a cliff. God is the only judge of the heart, so let’s begin to view others as God would view them.

God, thank you for looking at my heart instead of my outward appearance. Forgive me for judging people based on superficial standards. Help me begin to look inward to people’s hearts instead of merely at their outward appearance. Help me to notice the good works you have placed in them and help me to be encouraging. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. 

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Wednesday Devotional: Beauty Isn’t Everything

If you turn on the television, you are immediately whacked in the face with the world’s view of appearance. From advertisements with skinny women, weight loss products, to how to grow longer eyelashes. You name it, and someone on TV will tell you what you need to do to become a more beautiful you.

However, despite all these ads and other people’s opinions of what beauty really is, deep down we know that beauty isn’t everything. Beauty doesn’t give you a good attitude. It doesn’t make you any less prone to death. It doesn’t save you from hell. Outer beauty is not the same thing as inner beauty.

Beauty is also fleeting, meaning it will not last forever. Watch out because those wrinkles are coming, and like it or not, that body will eventually start sag!

Proverbs 31:30 tells us, “Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.”

God looks at our inner person, and we need to be doing the same. We need to do the same for ourselves and start looking at the inside of others.

The world tells us to focus on our outward appearance, but we need to spend our time focusing on our innards. We can spend all the time we want to in the gym getting skinny and spending all our money on the most beautiful makeup we can afford, but none of that really matters because one day it will all vanish! We won’t be able to take it to the grave with us. Should we exercise to stay healthy? Sure! Is it okay to wear makeup? Yes! However, God is looking at our heart, not our figure or our made-up face! He is looking for a relationship with us. He already knows what we look like because He created us, but He wants us to know Him more and more! He wants us to seek His face!

Let’s be women who fear the Lord and not women who fear the judgment of others. Let’s make our hearts confident in God. Let’s be content in the body and life that God has given us.

Our faith in God is what makes us beautiful, not some ever changing worldly status. God desires our faith even when we believe no one desires our outward beauty. God thinks we are beautiful because He created us in His image. True beauty comes from running hard after God. So lace up your running shoes of faith and start running hard after God!

God, thank you for making me beautifully in Your image! Forgive me for forgetting this fact too often! Radiate your beauty inside me, so it pours out onto others. Help me to notice my beauty every day. In Jesus’ name, Amen. 

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Beauty is Worthless

A few weeks ago, our church here in BKK had a weekend church camp, where both Christians and non-Christians came together to learn more about God. It was an honor to be able to lead a breakout session for several of the women who attended the camp and chose to learn how God changes us as women. God used my friend, Priscilla, and I to share with these women about how God changes our heart from the inside out to become more Godly.

I wanted to share with you what was shared with the woman at camp. Priscilla shared about what the world calls us to be like. She shared that the world wants us to look and dress a certain way in order to be accepted and beautiful. She shared how the world defines us as a woman.

BUT when we looked further into what Psalms 31:30 says, “Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.” we see a different picture. Charm, or being pleasing to the eye, is deceiving because it not what is truly on the inside-it is not what is in our hearts-and, therefore, it is not what is important. 

How would you describe charm?

Proverbs 31 tells us a Godly woman is trustworthy, hardworking, generous, speaks with wisdom, teaches others, thoughtful, strong, wise and she fears the Lord. The opposite of these things is charm. When I think about charm, I think deceitful, taking the easy way out, lying, trouble, and weak. None of these describe a Godly woman anywhere in the Bible. The opposite of deceit or charm is someone who fears the Lord. 

Also in this verse, it states “beauty is vain” or worthless and empty. This is completely contrary to what we hear from culture today, isn’t it? However, God tells us beauty is worthless! It is worthless because it is ever-changing and always evolving. What is considered beauty today could be over tomorrow. Beauty fades with age, but what is in our hearts lasts forever! True beauty is in our hearts! A woman who believes in the Gospel is beautiful no matter what she looks like on the outside because what is on the inside permeates to the outside.

Psalm 139:13-14 says, “For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.” The Bible says we are fearfully, or carefully made by God. Even before our mother ever knows she is pregnant, God cares for for us. I am fearfully set apart by God. God has given those that are His children His special love. Shouldn’t we fearfully or carefully love the Lord in return? If someone loves us, don’t we naturally love them in return? Yes. If someone loves us, we naturally love them in return because being loved feels good. 

Sisters loved by God, don’t be fooled by what culture tries to tell you about beauty. Seek the truth in the Bible that the God, who created you, created you exactly the way you are and in HIS image! Don’t be deceived by charm or outward beauty, but search your heart and work to be the women God calls us to be!