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Sunday School: What Is Real Beauty?

I love Tuesdays! Why? On Tuesdays, I get to spend the evening hanging out with my dear friend Christina. Christina is an opera singer; she has the most beautiful voice. If I close my eyes when she sings, I can almost see what real beauty looks like. Last week, Christina and I spent several hours talking, but what kept coming up repeatedly was the subject of beauty.

Beauty. Every woman, young woman and girl has it, but few of us know what it is or how it should be used.

I’m not talking about physical beauty. Physical beauty is subjective, meaning each individual person has their own idea of what they find physically beautiful. Things that are subjective are influenced by personal feelings and opinions.

I’m talking about biblical beauty. Biblical beauty is objective; it isn’t influenced by personal feelings or opinions. Beauty is hard to capture and harder to explain, but when you’re in the presence of beauty, you know it. When you’re in the presence of true beauty, it feels like your heart and soul take a deep breath and relax.

Beauty is peaceful.

Don’t misunderstand, girls–beauty doesn’t mean you can’t play video games, be loud and funny with your friends or love sports. Beauty doesn’t mean wearing dresses and high heels with perfect hair and makeup. None of these things is bad, but they have little to do with beauty.

Beauty never draws attention to itself, but people always want to be around beauty.

Consider Jesus. Jesus never walked into a new town with a crown on His head shouting, “Look! It is I, the Messiah! Bow down and worship Me.” In fact, Jesus often went out of His way to remain unknown, but people were drawn to Him anyway. They were drawn to the peace that comes from real beauty.

Real beauty means trusting God so completely that you rest in His peace, and that peace flows out from you like a river. Beauty isn’t crude, obnoxious or rude. Beauty is kind, peaceful and gentle. Beauty is also strong and brave enough to desire what brings peace and joy to others over themselves. Sometimes this bravery and strength even means submission, first to God and then to parents and other authorities.

Beauty changes people by exhibiting peace and love, not through arguing, nagging or pestering. Beauty becomes evident through quiet obedience and joyful, patient service. Real beauty takes such joy in God that it considers everything as being done for God, even if it’s done directly for another person.

Are there any relationships in your life that could benefit from a little more beauty?

Your adornment must not be merely external-braiding the hair, and wearing gold jewelry, or putting on dresses; but let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is precious in the sight of God (1 Peter 3:3-4).

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9 Comments

  1. Compassion

    Posted by Compassion on March 19, 2014 at 05:03

    Wow think you so much ,that was very helpful in a way I just don’t feel like explaining but I just want to let you know ur article is appreciated

  2. Project Inspired

    Posted by hfryman17 on May 5, 2013 at 06:51

    I loved the quote about physical beauty, its so true! We define our beauty by the worlds standards and always end up falling short. But that is not how God looks at us, and he has created us girlies!!:)<3 We were created for a higher purpose than this world…because we are loved by the God of the Universe more than we will ever know. "You were born an original, don't die a copy.<3" -Oprah Winfrey. Trust that God made a beautiful girl when he meade you!<3 Psalm 134:15-16 "For you were fearfully and wonderfully made."

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    Posted by lakeeraclinkscale@gmail.com on May 2, 2013 at 17:37

    Thank you for posting this.

  4. hannah1997

    Posted by hannah1997 on April 29, 2013 at 07:11

    This article brought a smile to my face. 🙂 I loved it!! I know I need to focus on spiritual beauty much more than physical beauty. It’s a struggle everyday.

  5. Dancer101

    Posted by Dancer101 on April 29, 2013 at 07:05

    This was awesome!

  6. Brittaaanyjadeee

    Posted by Brittaaanyjadeee on April 28, 2013 at 19:10

    This is incredibly beautiful! Thank you Jenn xxx

  7. Project Inspired

    Posted by PianoLuvr on April 28, 2013 at 17:13

    You have read my mind completely, Miss Arman! Thank you so much for writing this. 🙂

  8. Kyla

    Posted by Kyla on April 28, 2013 at 16:59

    What a beautiful article!!! 🙂

  9. Champ2343

    Posted by Champ2343 on April 28, 2013 at 16:15

    I love this article! Thank you so much! Jenn Armen