Lauren and Mikaela--identical twins living on opposite coasts--blog about the story of life and their adventures in faith.

11.06.2012

A Handsome Face

A World In Motion is a World Upside-Down

We Notice Beauty

Let’s get something straight—I’m not blind. And most girls I’ve met are not either. So whether we’re watching a movie or walking through an airport or looking through a dusty scrapbook from 1843, we’re pretty adept at noticing the handsome guys. We definitely know the difference between an ugly face and a comely one! This discernment is by no means a sin, either. Scripture makes many such observations, such as that David was “ruddy, with bright eyes, and good-looking (see I Samuel 16:12),” and that Moses “was exceeding fair (see Acts 7:20 KJV).”  
 

When Beauty Becomes Our Downfall

Innocent as it can be, however, our uncanny ability to zero in on the countenances that are goodly to look at can easily be our downfall. Lust starts with a look and a wrong heart (Matthew 5:28), and when Samuel wondered why God didn’t choose David’s older brothers, God responded, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart (I Samuel 16:7b).” Our Saviour Himself “has no form or comeliness; And when we see Him, there is no beauty that we should desire Him (Isaiah 53:2b).” 
 

Be a Beautiful Soul; Look for a Beautiful Soul

This earthly house I’m in—it’s not me. It’s not eternal. It will be destroyed very soon. If my husband falls in love with me because he likes the house, and knows nothing about the “building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens (II Corinthians 5:1),” then he has made a very poor choice. Likewise, if I give over my left ring-finger real estate for a face, or write off a godly suitor because he’s not that great to look at, then I am a very foolish girl indeed.
 

Walk By Faith

This is where we must walk by faith and not by sight. In choosing a marriage partner, remember that “while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord. For we walk by faith, not by sight. We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord. Therefore we make it our aim, whether present or absent, to be well pleasing to Him. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things [done] in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad (II Corinthians 5:6-10 ).” 

Notice the handsome face—fine. But don’t ogle it. Don’t dwell on it. Don’t fall in love with it. Don’t marry it for its sake alone. There is an eternal soul behind that face; is it beautiful or ugly? Moreover, please don’t say “I do” to someone who’s only enraptured with your pretty face. In this area, as in all areas of life, be contrary to your natural inclination, and walk by faith, not by sight, for one day we will all be accountable before Christ for our actions today.



Based upon II Corinthians 5:1-10

Photo Credit: Brandon Christopher Warren

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved

8 comments:

  1. Oh Mikaela... I just wanted to let you know how convicting this post was to me. It really hit close to home, and I am so thankful that you were able to publish this today when I needed to read it the most.

    Thank-you. :')

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  2. Mikaela, Thank you so much for posting. This is SO true, and it really needs to be heard (by me too!). Such a good reminder.

    Blessings!
    ~Emily

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  3. Nela--Praise the Lord! And thank you for letting me know that God allowed my words to fall on fertile ground.

    Emily--You are most welcome. Thanks for commenting!

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  4. This is so true. Thanks for the reminder!

    Abby

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  5. Amen

    1 Corinthians 10:31, Matthew 6:22-24 :)

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  6. Abby--That's why I like quoting a lot of Scripture--it's sure to keep me grounded in Truth! Thank you for reading and commenting!

    J.D.--Very good verses to add to the discussion. "...Do all to the glory of God" and "the lamp of the body is the eye..." I hadn't even considered the latter verse in preparing this post, but it is so rich--thanks for bringing it up!

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  7. I was wondering if you wouldn't mind if I did a repost of this article on my blog? It is so good and has enabled me to be able explain what I have been talking to alot of my friends about. It is so well put and writen it has blessed me to read it. What a battle it is for all of us young women to be upright and pure before the Lord. Thank you so much! ~ Malina

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  8. Wise words, Mikaela! I find it interesting that I want a husband with at least a somewhat handsome face, but I most certainly want him to love the inside of me more than the outside. Ha! How hypocritical of me! For sure, it is the soul that is the true person and I/we must take time to get to know the true person before making judgments. Thank you for this reminder! :)

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