Outward beauty vs. inner beauty : the constant battle
I have a question for you:
Is outward beauty more important that inner beauty?
I have been asking myself for a little over a month now ... why? Perhaps it's because I see people around me taking more care in how they look, rather than what the state of their heart is. Perhaps it's because I witness people around me entering into relationships only because the other is extremely handsome or extremely beautiful. What ever the reason is, the question still remains, which is more important?
Before I reveal the answer, why don't we a little study on what inner beauty is shall we. Then we will see what the Bible says about inner beauty, and that should tell us which one is important. Let's begin ;)
What is inner beauty?
This is a question that I have always stumbled on in answering .... am I the only one? If you were to have asked my friend's little sister (which I didn't intend to do when she was 5) you will get an answer like this (the young girl took the question literally):
"Ali, a person can't be beautiful on the inside... the inside of a person is just plain ugly!"
I have to be honest ... I have never been able to come up with a good explanation of inner beauty, so here is what the Urban Dictionary defines inner beauty as:
"So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day."
2 Corinthians 4:16
~I don't know why, but I have always loved this verse. Perhaps it's because it mentions that while outward beauty wastes away, our inner beauty is being renewed (meaning it will never waste away). I truly
think believe that that's why I love the verse so much.
>>This verse has caused me to think about what my grandpa once told me:
"When we die, eventually our loved ones, our friends, our co-workers, etc., will forget what we looked like, what we wore, how we wore our hair, how we wore our make-up, if our shoes matched every outfit, etc. But they will never forget how we were kind/unkind, selfless/selfish, caring/careless, etc. No matter how much emphasis we put into how we look, the only thing that will matter in the end is what we say, think, or do."
(ps. the link on my grandpa was from my very first blog - which I have never been able to get back into haha)
So ... which one is more important? Outward beauty or inner beauty?
If you answered inner beauty, then congratulations (I'm very sorry, but there is no prize for you, the lucky winner haha).
I pray this post was of help to any of you and that y'all have a great night!!!
In HIS grace, Alisha