When you were a child, you asked me, “Gramama, what is beauty?”
I did not have an answer then and twenty years later, I am still learning.
I grew up hearing that beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
“Beauty is only skin deep.”
“Beauty is where you find it.”
“Beauty is all around us, but the blind cannot see.”
There is no answer to describe what may be beautiful to every person.
The only true beauty is in holiness, beauty in God that He reveals to the clean heart; for the eyes reserved for Him to receive what He chooses to give.
Beauty is found in His Word ~ written and Living in Christ.
Beauty in the Heart
“But let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart
with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit,
which in God’s sight is very precious.”
1 Peter 3:4
God sees the beauty of His own work in the hearts and lives of His children.
True beauty is seen by the soul; reserved for the humble heart.
There is beauty in the thoughts of those who know that God loves them.
Beauty is seen by the light (the light of Grace) that shines into the heart. The light that reveals the knowledge of God’s glory in the face of Jesus Christ.
True beauty is hidden from the world because it is heaven-oriented, God-inspired, Spirit-breathed, and Christ-centered in His children.
True beauty, as God reveals it, is seen in His Son, Jesus Christ. Through His eyes, we see what He wants us to see, beyond the boundaries of our own little world.
Beauty is in the cross of the One who died, in Him who with open arms rejoices in those who come to Him.
Beauty is in the Shepherd that carries one of His sheep until he is able to walk on his own.
Beauty is following Jesus and sitting at His feet.
Beauty is the moment a person knows that He is God’s child, born of His Spirit for eternity.
It is His kingdom within us, making us aware of the beauty around us that others cannot see.
Beauty is in the heart that loves what God loves.
Beauty is seen in patiently waiting for the Master.
Beauty is accepting all that the Lord wills for our lives, in disappointments, trials, and suffering.
Beauty is the Spirit of Christ within the human heart speaking wherever we are, in our times of need, or prompting us to minister to someone else’s need.
“And let the beauty of our Lord our God be upon us,
and establish the work of our hands;
yea, the work of our hands, establish thou it. “
Beauty is in the hands of those who serve Him, and beauty in the work that we do for Him.
Beauty is in the peace of mind that only He gives.
Beauty is in the quietness of a moment, when the world around us is in chaos.
Beauty in Relationships
Beauty is living in humility to serve God and others.
Beauty is God’s love in action.
Beauty is seen in a smile when you least expect it.
Beauty is in gentleness.
Beauty is in an act of compassion.
Beauty is in the generosity of one who cares for others,
Beauty is responding to a need on a spur of the moment.
Beauty is in the sincere words, “I love you.”
Beauty is in a spontaneous hug for someone you don’t know.
Beauty in Nature
Beauty is seeing a butterfly light on a delicate flower petal, or a bee receiving the nectar of God’s provision.
Beauty is seen in the opening of a single flower that receives the rays of the sun after a gentle rain.
Beauty is seeing a flowing leaf find its resting place on the ground.
We have yet to see the beauty of His holiness. It is more than we can endure, now.
We will see His full beauty when He returns for His people, and the beauty of His world which He promises to us.
I could not answer your question when you first asked. We have both been learning. I can witness of the true meaning of beauty that is revealed by God to His children. You could add what you have learned since then.
If our eyes are opened to Him, we see His beauty around us and within us. We have the remainder of this life for Him to prepare our eyes to behold Him ~ and eternity to experience the beauty of His holiness and majesty.
As we wait, I am seeing His beauty in you.
In the love of our heavenly Father and our Lord Jesus Christ, a love that transcends all time and space ~ for His glory and our joy ~