I think it's high time to clear up a rumor someone started: God hates beauty. Seriously? Who came up with this?! Somewhere in time, someone decided that dressing in baggy, ugly clothes is what God desires. Things like, I need to dress modestly, which means I can't wear attractive clothing! And, obviously I shouldn't do anything like put lotion on my face, brush my hair, or exercise, because God cares more about my inner appearance!
Lie number #1: God hates beauty.
Truth #1: Have you looked around lately? There's so much beauty surrounding us! From the trees and mountains, to the different facial features and hair colors all around you. The statement that God cares more about our inward heart, than outward appearance is true! But the keyword is, MORE. That doesn't mean He doesn't care about our outward appearance!
Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of
gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God's sight is very precious." 1 Peter 3:3-4
This is the verse most often used as an example that God doesn't care about outward beauty. So explain to me why He often mentions that women in the Bible were "lovely to look at" "beautiful" "lovely"
Check out these verses:
"To bring Queen Vashti before the king with her royal crown, in order to show the peoples and the princes her beauty, for she was lovely to look at."
Esther 1:11 (Emphasis mine)
"The young woman was very beautiful, and she was of service to the king and attended to him, but the king knew her not." 1 Kings 1:4 (Emphasis mine)
"Leah's eyes were weak, but Rachel was beautiful in form and appearance." Genesis 29:17 (Emphasis mine)
Why didn't He just say "Rachel was beautiful, but that didn't matter, obviously no one noticed this."?
I could keep going, but hopefully you get the point! I do want to make one thing clear, I'm not giving you permission to become obsessed with your appearance, or to get plastic surgery. My point is, God loves beauty!
Why should we hide the beauty He's given us? If you have pretty eyes, great! Don't hide them in shame! Do you have a nice shape? You don't have to completely hide it! Yes, dressing modestly is important-but does that mean you can't accentuate your small waist? If done properly and in the right additude, I don't see anything wrong with dressing attractively! Dressing to allure? No. That's a completely different type of dressing! But putting care into how you dress, making sure your hair is clean and neat, little things like that make a big difference. Like it or not, people do judge us on how we're dressed. If you're dressing sloppily, or in clothes that completely hide your shape, people assume you don't care about your body or how you're preceived. Wear sloppy clothes, you're preceived as a sloppy person! In the same way people assume certain things when you're dressed in immodest clothing.
"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 on the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7
The main point I want you take away from this post? God loves beauty, care about your appearance, just don't obsess over it!
What do you think?