The Christian woman and beauty

Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised.–Proverbs 31:30

Although Shakespeare was a secular writer, he said, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.  What people find attractive is relative to individuals, and what one person sees as beautiful, another may not.    Is physical beauty bad?  A person can enhance their physical attributes, but they cannot necessarily control them.  I have the nose I’ve been given, the eyes I’ve been given.  Our culture is vastly consumed with physical attractiveness and sexuality.

There is nothing wrong with physical beauty, and a natural beauty is the best kind.  A woman or man who needs no enhancements to look attractive.  However, the Bible tells us that should not be our focus.   The Greeks were consumed with physical beauty.  They idolized the creation rather than the Creator.    Proverbs 31 tells us that beauty is vain, but rather fear of the Lord is to be praised in a virtuous woman.    That isn’t to say that we should not strive to be attractive or that it should be hidden, but that we shouldn’t be consumed by it.    A woman should focus on enhancing her inner self, the beauty that is within her spirit.

There are many scriptures which mention “the beauty of holiness”.  To God, holiness, not physical attractiveness is what is beautiful in a person.   It says He will beautify the meek (submissive) with salvation.  He lectures Israel about being focused on her own beauty and not the beauty that God gave to her as His chosen love.   Israel’s real beauty had nothing to do with herself, and everything to do with the fact that God bestowed his love on her, HIs beauty, which is holiness.

Ephesians 5 brings this out.  The glory of the church, and the glory of the wife IS NOT her physical attractiveness, but her sanctification.    The beauty of Jesus’ Bride is the beauty He bestows upon her through cleansing her, and making her holy.

We must be careful not to allow Greek wisdom to overtake Scriptural truth.  Greek concepts of virtue such as what strength, honor, truth, beauty mean have no place within the faith of Jesus Christ.  What matters is what God has to say about these things, which is vastly different.  A man who marries His wife solely on physical attractiveness will eventually find himself with an old woman whose physical attractions have long since departed.  There is something to be said for marrying a virtuous woman who may not be a goddess.

A BEAUTIFUL MAN AND A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN WILL MAKE A BEAUTIFUL WEDDING.

A RIGHTEOUS MAN AND A VIRTUOUS WOMAN WILL MAKE A BEAUTIFUL MARRIAGE.