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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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    Jenn Arman
    Jenn Arman is a youth pastor, freelance writer and blogger. She was born in San Diego, California and raised 2 hours north east in the Inland Empire where she lives with her husband David and their cats. Jenn desires to bring glory to God and a healthy dose of reality to Christians through both writing and preaching. Visit jenniferarman.com for more on her work. You can also connect with her on www.facebook.com/JenniferArman.Writer and https://twitter.com/JennArman

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