True Beauty - 1 Samuel 16:7

Verse of the Day - Day 41

True Beauty
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Welcome to Verse of the Day!

Today's Bible Verse:

1 Samuel 16:7

"For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart." (ESV)

Today's Inspiring Thought: True Beauty

It's easy to feel bad about your appearance nowadays. With so many "beautiful people" on TV and in the movies, the rest of us feel pretty plain in comparison. But that's not how God sees you.

It's interesting that we get very few physical descriptions of people in the Bible. We don't know what Abraham looked like, or Moses, or even Jesus. That should tell us something. The Bible is about what really matters, and apparently looks are not at the top of the list.

In our upside-down world, just the opposite is true. If your only source of information were television commercials, you would think our planet is inhabited solely by handsome young men and beautiful young women. Except for medicine ads, you rarely see a disabled or elderly person.

But God does. He sees everyone. God looks at the true beauty and honesty in your heart. In his eyes, it's not looks that count, but character. He created you as a unique person so he could love you with a one-of-a-kind love.

God Looks On the Inside

That's part of what makes God so astounding. He knows everything there is to know about you yet he loves you in spite of your flaws and shortcomings.

He sees the tremendous potential he planted in you at your birth and wants to grow you into the character of his Son, Jesus Christ.

Sadly, the "beautiful people" often use their attractiveness to get through life. The rest of us have an advantage: We have to rely on the strength of the Holy Spirit. Ironically, this draws you even closer to God, which is the greatest privilege in the universe.

When you obey the First Commandment and place God above everything else, incredible things happen in your life.

Having this God-centered view puts everything else in its proper perspective. You come to know what matters, and it's not outward things. You learn beautiful people are not more special than average folks, and you also get a healthy attitude toward your own looks.

When you worship God instead of your appearance, he opens your eyes to the true beauty in others. You begin to understand their struggles. You become more forgiving toward their weaknesses because you are humbled by your own. As you grow more compassionate toward other people, you become more like Jesus.

Focus on the Real You

Physical appearance can only fade over time, leaving the person who relies on it devastated. Your spirit, on the other hand, the real you, increases in wisdom, and along with it comes great inner peace. Making character your priority prepares you as you age in our youth-obsessed society.

Your mirror reflects only the superficial, but your kindness toward others reveals your heart. It is your heart God is most concerned with. He cares for it as only a loving Father can. Never underestimate your preciousness to God.

He sacrificed his only Son so you could live with him forever. Rejoice in the unconditional love he has for you.

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