Looking in the mirror –
When we look in the mirror, do we see a beautiful person staring back? I know I struggle with this, and perhaps we all do in some way. It may be our hair or skin that feels problematic. Or do we like the shape of our eyes? And what about our bodies? Does this leave us feeling defeated, disappointed, or discouraged? God sees our beauty – do we?When we look in the mirror, do we see a beautiful person staring back? God sees our beauty, but do we? Deborah Rutherford #Christian Beauty #Christianliving #encouragement Click To Tweet
What if we looked at our beauty as God does?
We can see beauty as God does by applying Christian beauty attitudes and principles. This is essential in today’s culture. It is impossible to match up on social media. Many of us struggle with body image disorders. In high school, I tried to look like the models in the magazines and fell into Bulimia Nervosa. This dangerous eating disorder can create health issues that stem from binging and purging your food.
Thankfully, I discovered a vital Christian principle, God is beautiful, and we are made in the image of God (Genesis 1:26-27). Also, we are the temple of God, and the Holy Spirit dwells in us (1 Corinthians 3:16). We no longer have to attain and match what society calls “pretty” when we learn how precious we are to the Holy Father.
Jesus commands, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself” (Mark 12:31 ESV). How can we love our neighbor if we do not love ourselves? When we take the time to nurture our souls and bodies, we develop habits that create confidence and self-esteem and are more inclined to be kind, loving, and generous. We can look at self-care and self-love as loving ourselves. Loving ourselves first helps us to love others the way Christ loves.
As we take care of our appearance, ask if we are also taking care of what is on the inside. Adorn ourselves with Christ with the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit that comes from the inner self and is pleasing to God (1 Peter 3:4-5).As we take care of our appearance, ask if we are also taking care of what is on the inside. Adorn ourselves with Christ with the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit that comes from the inner self and is pleasing to God (1… Click To Tweet
Beauty is gentle & pure –
Beauty is holistic – physical, spiritual, what we eat, drink, think, rest, fun time, love, and gratitude. Beauty is not overdone – it is gentle and pure. Beauty comes from inside when the heart is full of kindness and joy. And a woman’s faith is her crowning beauty.Beauty is not overdone – it is gentle and pure. Beauty comes from inside when the heart is full of kindness and joy. And a woman's faith is her crowning beauty. Deborah Rutherford #christianbeauty #encouragement #faith Click To Tweet
Do we melt reading Song of Solomon 4:7, “You are altogether beautiful, my love; there is no flaw in you.” I know I do.
Self-care for me is as simple as self-love so that I can love others and be Christlike. While we tend to our outer selves, we care for and nurture our inner selves – our spirit and soul- by renewing our minds with God’s word, prayer, worship, and bible study. There is nothing wrong with having nice hair, pretty makeup, and cute clothes, but if we start on the inside, we will develop a pure and gentle beauty pointing to God.There is nothing wrong with having nice hair, pretty makeup, and cute clothes, but if we start on the inside, we will develop a pure and gentle beauty pointing to God. Deborah Rutherford #Christianbeauty #encouragement… Click To Tweet
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