Guest Post from my friend Alyssa

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What does God say about…
Guest Post by Alyssa F.

When you think of beauty, what do you picture? You may picture a fashion model or a popular singer. You might think of makeup, certain clothes, and particular styles. Have you ever thought about God’s view of beauty? His version of beauty is so much different than the world’s. To the world, there are few people who are considered ‘beautiful’. You are ‘beautiful’ by using certain products and dressing a certain way. But the world’s view of beauty is much different than God’s.
What is God’s view of beauty?
1 Samuel 16:7 says, “But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.””
  When God thinks of beauty, He doesn’t necessarily think about the outside, such as face features, hair styles, and body shape. He doesn’t think you’re beautiful because you wear a certain brand of clothes or put on a lot of makeup. He looks at the heart. When God sees your heart, He either sees a dirty one or a beautiful one. As sinful, imperfect humans, God should see your heart as a very dirty one. We all sin; it’s inevitable not to. But if you accept Jesus as Savior and commit your life to Christ, allowing Him to forgive you for your sins, He will not only forgive, but forget. He will see a beautiful, clean heart once He forgives you of your past mistakes. He then also looks at your heart in a different perspective, and that is how much you really mean what you do for Him. You may worship Him every day in song and in prayer, but if your heart is not in it, it doesn’t even matter! If you make God your number one priority and make Him your treasure, then your heart will be truly focused and for Him. “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Luke 12:34). Anyone with a heart like that is truly beautiful!
  As a Christian, your focus should be not drawing attention to the exterior, but the interior. If God mainly looks upon the inside, why worry about the outside? I’m not saying you can’t make yourself look nice, wear some makeup, or dress in a fashionable way, but if that is all you are focused on and are constantly worried about, you need to put your treasure in the right place. In the end, the only thing that matters is our interior and our heart.
1 Peter 3:3-4 says, “Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, 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.”
Does God not care about our outside features? How does He see them?  Though God doesn’t focus on the outside, but rather the inside, He does know what you look like, and He does care. In fact, He was the One who made you look the way you do! You may be thinking, “Why didn’t God make me ‘beautiful’ on the outside then?” The Answer: He did!
God treasures every one of His children, and He made us exactly the way He thought was beautiful! God is holy and perfect, so His definition of exterior beauty is definitely the correct meaning! You may think you’re not beautiful, but your Heavenly Father does! That should be all that matters anyway! “I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” (Psalm 139:14). Girl, you are beautiful! When God looks at you, He is thinking about how beautiful of a child you are, how proud He is to be your Heavenly Father…just trust in Him, because He knows true beauty! If you focus on His truth about beauty, you’ll eventually have better self-esteem and more focus on the reality of God’s truth and grace, and a ‘cleaner’ heart, which will lead you to not only be beautiful on the outside, but on the inside too! You are different than any other person on this earth. He made everyone unique!  God even created you in His image (Genesis 1:27-“So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.”). Be thankful for that! As humans, we are set apart from all the other things on this planet, and God gave us many different abilities, freedom, and even a way to talk to Him and have a relationship with Him! Since He created you in His image, I know for certain that He really thought about what you were going to look like and made sure you looked beautiful!
  Whenever Satan puts negative thoughts in your head about your looks, make sure to tell yourself (and Satan) that you know who you are and that you are beautiful in God’s eyes. Don’t let any of Satan’s lies get to you! Believe me, it works! Satan knows that God is on your side, so when you don’t believe Satan and think positive thoughts that go along with the Bible, he runs away! You just have to trust God and come to realize that He (God) knows what He is doing! Satan may try to put negative thoughts into your head, saying how you’re not pretty and that no one will ever like you the way you are, but make sure you listen to God, not Satan!
“Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.”  (Proverbs 31:30)
Looks can be misleading. Don’t base anyone or judge anyone because of it. If you only like someone because of their looks, make sure not to base them off of that and remember that beauty eventually goes away. When you get older, wrinkles will start to come, your hair will grow white, and you will not have as much of the outer beauty you have now. Because of all this, God is looking at you and determining your heart—do you love God? Do you fear Him? If so, you are the most beautiful person there could ever be. Next time you look in the mirror, remember how beautiful you are, and start focusing more on your inner beauty, instead of outer!

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