Your beauty should not come from outward adornments, 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
Good morning beautiful prayer warriors.
This is the kind of verse that deserves to go viral. In a world like ours where models have a million + followers on Instagram, but organizations that are changing the world and feed the hungry have no more than a few thousand followers.
The verse is clear, and beauty doesn’t come from outward appearance. It comes from the inner self.
The problem is, social media has gotten us in the habit of looking better for our photos than for the occasion itself. This culture has bred an environment of comparison. We look at other people’s “after” photos from their weight loss journey, and we forget there is an extremely hard journey for that person to get there. We have to stop this comparison culture and start looking to our inner selves.
The beautiful part about our God is that he sees us for who we truly are. There is no vanity in God’s perception of beauty.
God is looking for a gentle and quiet spirit. This doesn’t mean that you are a quiet person who doesn’t get to share an opinion; this means you are gentle with others. It means you listen to who they really are rather than what they appear to be. Take the time to get to know a person for their actions and desires. Get to know a person for everything they can become in this life.
But more so, focus on yourself and who you are. While caring for our appearance has a place, we should be caring for our hearts. Removing any resentment, any jealously. Giving our spirits to God every day. Trying to be more like Him. That is true beauty.
Lord, thank you for pushing us to be better people every single day. We pray any judgment, jealously, hatred, or any kind of resentment be removed from our hearts. We don’t want them. We want to work on ourselves. We want to be gentle with ours. We want to listen to people and learn who they are and what their passions are. We vow to listen to people rather than make a quick judgment of their appearance. As we go about our day today, as we meet new people or come into contact with others, let us see them for their true beauty. Let us see them as you see them. We love you, in your mighty name we pray, Amen!