The Right Kind of Charm and Beauty
The Right Kind of Charm & Beauty
“Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.” Proverbs 31:30 (NIV)
Charm is thought of in today's society in a variety of ways. Dictionary.com defined charm in many ways as well, but as it is used in the Proverb, it is a noun. Dictionary.com says that the noun, charm, is “a power of pleasing or attracting, as through personality or beauty” or “a trait or feature imparting this power.” This is more often than not how females use their charm today. To impart power or control over someone in their life, especially their male counterparts.
The Bible speaks of this as being deceptive. Therefore, this is not the kind of charm you want to exude. As ladies we need to be careful about the way we use our charm and our beauty so that we can be sure we are not using it in a negative way. Beauty is not a bad thing. God created us to be beautiful. However, we want to do everything in our lives to please Him, rather than to draw attention to ourselves. We must make certain that we are doing “whatever we do, whether in word or in deed, to the glory of God.” It is not glorifying God to use your charm or beauty to control someone else.
Beauty can come from more than one source. Beauty is more than just outward beauty, it is also what's inside. As 1 Peter 3:3-5 says,
“Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, 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. For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to make themselves beautiful.” (NIV)
True beauty comes from within. True beauty exhibits qualities of character and that includes many things. Here are a few of those qualities:
* Honor - honesty, fairness, or integrity in one's beliefs and actions
* Self-control – able to exercise restraint
* Virtue – moral excellence
* Chastity – pure and chaste
* Purity – innocence
* A Clean Heart – freedom from evil
* Sweetness – kind and sincere
* A Quiet Spirit – a sense of inner peace and calmness
* Modesty – freedom from vanity
Take some time to evaluate your life, your heart, and how you are using your charm and beauty. If you do not already exhibit the above characteristics, make it your goal to instill some of these into your life. Find out more click here.