True Beauty: How to Define Your Inner Character
"Your beauty should not come from outward adornment...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." First Peter 3:3-4.
This world has it wrong. If most people were to define true beauty; it would be that of the outward appearance: A Perfect toned body from head to toe with no blemishes, fat or wrinkles.
While the inside of that person may be totally vile and obnoxious, the outside reeks of adornment and false beauty of this world. It is no wonder so many people feel so ill-equipped to handle these pressures pushed upon women and men.
I have found myself respecting more people who have pushed themselves to gain their doctorate, PhD's, feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless and just showing that they genuinely care about what is going on around them, other than what outfit they will wear or worried about touching up their makeup.
Inner character defines if people are beautiful or down right ugly. Let me repeat it: Each persons inner character defines their true beauty, but your actions tell the world who and what type of person you really are.
Character is defined as the traits that form the individual nature of the person. Traits that define true beauty are a moral or ethical quality in that person, an honorable character, honesty, courage, integrity and a good reputation.
The Bible speaks of having a Godly character. That character is a definition of true beauty when the person who adorns it lives a life of selflessness and possesses Godly attributes that define who they truly are.
Godly character in a person is more powerful than physical beauty.
"Favor is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised." Proverbs 31:30.
There are Godly character traits that do define how beautiful a person truly is. Trustworthiness is a good example of loyalty and courage. Good relationships are built upon being trustworthy.
Compassion. The world is cursed with ruthless people who have no compassion, no desire to see good things come out of Godly character. That makes them the ugliest people in the world. That saying: "Kick him while he is down" is so true.
Compassion defines people and shows true beauty and an inner character that is much needed today. I don't care what you look like. You could be overweight and have scars, but if you have true compassion and genuinely care that makes your inner character beautiful.
There is one scripture that defines what true beauty is and it is the definition of one word we should all know: LOVE.
"Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up. Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in truth: Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. Charity never faileth." First Corinthians 13:4-8.
In other words, if you do not have love in your life, instilled into your deep character, you have nothing. God made you the way you are for a reason. He loves you. And knowing Love in itself, is beauty defined.
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