In our process of becoming beautiful from the inside out, I have been thinking about how much time, effort and money go into making us beautiful. There is nothing wrong with wanting to look good but if that is all we spend time on we will not have true beauty.

The Bible mentions several women that were beautiful on the outside. One that comes to mind  is Esther.  We are told that she was beautiful of “form and face”, another way to say it, she had great body and face to go with it.

When she was taken to be part of the Kings harem, even though she was beautiful she had to go through the  year long beautification process as the other ladies. I looked up beautification and cosmetics and it gave me a whole new perspective.

Cosmetics are a great thing to have to enhance our outward appearance. What surprised me in Esther the words for beautification and cosmetics meant a scraping, scouring, polishing and rubbing, literally purification.  All this to look beautiful and impress a King only to have one night with him and no guarantee of ever being his wife but to live in a harem with other women.

Sounds painful doesn’t it?

It leads me to think about how we become beautiful, for what purpose and for whom.

God uses our trials and disappoints for our “beautification” so He will shine through us. (1 Peter 1:3-9,James1:2-4)

In Hebrews 1:3, Jesus made purification for our sins.

Titus 2:11-14 tells us that the grace of God brought salvation to us and instructs us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously, godly now as we look to Jesus who gave His life for us to redeem and purify us for Himself.

2 Peter 1:2-11 God’s divine power has given us everything we need for life. Because of this we are to apply with all diligence in faith, moral excellence, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness and love. If we lack these qualities we have forgotten Jesus purification in our lives.

It is the work of Jesus that purified us, and made us His beautiful bride to live with Him forever. That is the best “cosmetics” we will ever have.

As you apply your cosmetics, go about your day and remember that the “cosmetics” that Jesus has given and to apply them will be the true beauty coming from the inside out.

And we can say as David did, one thing I have asked the Lord, that I shall seek. That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord and to meditate in His temple. (Psalm 27:4)


About kimlenon
Welcome to Inside Out! I desire to offer encouragement and resources to help women live their lives Inside Out because God changes us from the Inside Out! I have been married to Dave for 40 years. We have 3 children and 8 grandchildren. My passion is to teach women how to study and apply God's Word.

2 Responses to Cosmetics

  1. Linda Williams says:

    I’ll never apply my make up quite the same way again. Gives me something to think about!! Thank you Kim!

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