Cosmetic Christianity

Women often use cosmetics because they “feel” it will enhance their looks. Sometimes, it is used in excess. In many cases, the natural look displays more beauty. No matter how much the outer beauty shows, what about the inner beauty? Shouldn’t one work harder on the inward beauty than on the outward beauty? It’s one thing when we are giving time and attention to physical appearance. It’s another matter when we try to have what we think is the proper appearance of a true Christian, without the “inner beauty” and blessing of a close and rich relationship with our Savior! Our outward Christianity may only cover up an empty shell of “profession only.” When Jesus is the One upon Whom we lavish love and attention, One Whom we spend time with and long to please, One Whose wisdom and guidance has enabled abundant living, there will be an inner beauty. A cosmetic cover-up will be seen as artificial and something which was never needed. The “real” will free us from foolish attempts to “cover up.”  “But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord” (II Corinthians 3:18). Selah! We only want to cover up what we think is wrong or deficient. If we have experienced genuine conversion, let the glory shine from within and overflow to touch others. No “cover up” can ever do that!  Ron

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