Not all women are Helen of Troy or Miss California, but all women are created in the image of a beautiful God. Should the attraction between the male’s eye and the woman’s physical beauty be suppressed or encouraged?
After all, before men see spiritual, or soul beauty, they see the physical beauty (or lack of) in a woman. Women long for men to appreciate their true beauty, which encompasses all of their being: spirit, soul, and body.
Spiritual beauty is the inner beauty that comes from the strength and confidence of who one is in Christ. Renew the mind to walk in the truth of true spiritual beauty as being whole and complete first and only in Christ. This beauty comes from knowing you are accepted and loved in the Beloved. Read Ephesians 1 for great truth on identity and position in Christ. All other components of beauty flow from this.
The soul is your mind, will, and emotions. Have you ever stopped to consider the beauty of a person flowing with the emotion of love and joy and poured out and offered to those around them? There is beauty in a child submitting her will to her parents by choosing to obey. It is a beautiful thing when a teacher uses her mind to communicate a principal or truth to her students. This is beauty of the soul and is free to be expressed when one is confident and aware of their spiritual beauty in Christ.
Beauty of the body is one that is too often overlooked and sadly suppressed in many courtship settings. Minimum physical adornment often becomes synonymous for modesty. Modesty is an imperative Biblical standard, but it should not preclude physical beauty. It is often said that inner beauty will shine through and you don’t need to worry so much about your physical beauty. Yet, both are a reflection of each other.
The Proverbs 31 woman is a fine role model of all three areas of beauty:
To deny the importance of physical beauty is to deny an essential part of who a woman is. We cannot overlook it when we evaluate courtship. Beauty could be one of the most pervasive thoughts in men’s minds. The male mind beholds visual beauty first. The female heart deeply desires to feel physically attractive to men. Beauty is important.
Is beauty important? Does your community over value or under value physical beauty?