Across the globe, there are few people who have difficulty recognizing someone who is considered beautiful. Beauty is highly revered, often sought after and frequently considered a personal virtue. Subjective perceptions of personal beauty are often a misplaced source of significance and acceptance. As a result, billions of dollars are spent each year in ceaseless quests to become or remain beautiful. Definitions of beauty are elusive, varying from culture to culture.
Our Creator has placed a longing for beauty in our hearts. His Word reveals one authoritative standard for true beauty. It is not found at expensive makeup counters. It has nothing to do with one’s physical traits. Real beauty is sourced in holy character, found only in Jesus Christ.
In the Song of Solomon, Jesus is likened to a “rose of Sharon,” outstanding in His beauty. At first glance, this seems to be a contradiction when compared to Isaiah’s description in Isaiah 53:2: “He had no form or majesty that we should look at Him, and no beauty that we should desire Him.”
Christ’s beauty was veiled in plain human flesh, cloaked in humility. Yet, His cheeks were likened to beds of spices, yielding sweet perfume, speaking of costly sacrifice. Faith in His shed blood on the cross achieves the ultimate beauty makeover, cleansing us from sin. As we humbly submit to the daily washing by His Word, He beautifies and adorns us with continual salvation from sin, reviving His Spirit in us.
Jesus’ lips are likened to lilies dripping with sweet-scented and costly myrrh: holy words that speak love, mercy, forgiveness, kindness and goodness. His words implanted in your heart and spoken from your lips impart the dazzling beauty of holiness.
Jesus invites you to freely access His supernatural beauty supplies. Receive His Words that cleanse and restore your soul with His purity and holiness. He will give you the ultimate face-lift as you lift your face to Him. Your transformed character will radiate with the resplendent glory of Jesus Christ.
“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits – Who redeems your life from the pit and corruption, Who beautifies, and crowns you with loving-kindness and tender mercy.”
Psalm 103: 2, 4