Today much emphasis is placed on the external beauty of the woman. The modern woman knows it and seems to be enjoying it to the utmost. Consider the thriving businesses which are connected in any way with the beauty of women: reducing clinics, beauty parlors, manicure and pedicure shops are only a very few. How the woman on the street wants to look enticing and seductive even as the “glorified” glamour girls. What’s it all about? Is this beauty?
We would sincerely caution our young men and women against this wrong emphasis as it is prominent today. We do not condemn the use of beauty aids or patronage of a beauty shop. The use of such is not wrong in itself when moderation is exercised in regard to it. We must he very careful that we do not willingly become guilty of worshipping the creature rather than the creator. Physical beauty has its God-given place and neatness and tidiness is demanded by God. We must care for our bodies as a creation of God and glorify Him for the wonder of it.
Our emphasis in beauty must not be placed on the physical. It is temporary and vanishes away. If we as young people are going to consider a beautiful woman to be one who has an attractive figure and is attractively attired, we are sure to he disappointed for she will not be beautiful for long. There are many young and elderly women who are far more beautiful than all the “glamour” of this world including the Sodom of this age, Hollywood.
Would that young men would realize that beauty is more than eye appeal. Beauty is a matter of the heart. That is of greatest importance. They must seek first of all a woman with a beautiful heart, one who professes in word and deed to be of the household of faith. She has true beauty.
What then is a truly beautiful woman? Timothy speaks concerning her. In I Timothy 2 we find three characteristics of a beautiful woman. She is modest, verse 9. “In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array”; She is adorned with good works and is of a humble and quiet spirit, verses 10 and 11. “But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works. Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection.”
This is truly God-given beauty for it radiates the beauty of heaven and is a blessing in all relationships, for a relationship which is based on the beauty of God can never fail, and never will pass away.