In my previous two posts, I talked about the futility of depending on physical perfection lasting forever. However, inner beauty really does add to physical beauty, and even an old woman with great inner beauty usually has an outward radiance to match it. There is something about inner beauty -- true inner beauty -- that often preserves the face and body and enhances outer beauty to a degree that might not be expected. I can think of godly senior citizens who are lovely!
Likewise, inner sin and distress mars our face and body and can often rob us of our beauty at an early age. Bitterness, worry, hedonism and over-indulgence in food or drink are just a few of the sins that write themselves across our faces and bodies.
Were it not true that inner beauty does enhance our physical beauty even into old age, it would still be worth pursuing because it pleases God. In fact, true inner beauty happens when we pursue it not out of selfishness, but because we do love God and want to please Him and we love the other people in our lives well enough to be good stewards of our appearance and health.
Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. 4Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God's sight. 5For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to make themselves beautiful. They were submissive to their own husbands, 6like Sarah, who obeyed Abraham and called him her master. You are her daughters if you do what is right and do not give way to fear. I Peter 3
This is a quaint cliche, but there is a grain of truth to it: At twenty, you have the face that God gave you. At forty, you are developing your face to be what it will be. At sixty, you have the face you deserve.
Thank the Lord for grace and mercy!