Your vibrant beauty has gotten inside us— you’ve been so good to us! Psalm 89:17
When we are sick in our eating disorder, it is difficult to believe the TRUTH that we were created in God’s image. Even if we can grasp that truth, we are easily lured into the false thinking that we have screwed it all up by our sin, shame, or sickness. In order to combat this thinking we need to slow down, look deeper into the mirror…not the one of the world, but the one of The Word. What is this image of God? In order for us to understand ourselves as a reflection of God, we need to learn about WHAT and WHO we are reflecting.
Here are some things that Scripture tells us:
- God, as Creator of Everything, defines beauty. How? God is the ultimate beauty; He IS beauty. Consider these passages from the Psalmist:
Royal splendor radiates from him; a powerful beauty sets him apart. Psalm 96:6
For God is sheer beauty, all-generous in love, loyal always and ever. Psalm 100:5
From Zion, perfect in beauty, God shines forth. Psalm 50:2
God is sheer beauty, He is PERFECT beauty, and we are made in HIS image. Our opening verse today reminds us that HIS beauty has gotten inside of us. It is a part of our being. Because God’s beauty is part of Him, it is part of us and can never be removed or reduced. This contrasts from the world’s idea of beauty because there are many things that change our beauty in this world. Culture’s definition of beauty changes, we change, through the eyes of the world, our beauty fades. That is why it is so important to remember that God’s beauty, He is perfect beauty, will never change, will never fade…and will ALWAYS be part of who we are in Christ.
- God, our Creator, thinks we are beautiful. Yes, the culture in which we live may or may not think we are beautiful. Some days, ok, maybe even every day, we struggle to find beauty in ourselves. But that does not change God’s view of us! He does not allow culture to define beauty for Him. He doesn’t need an image in a magazine or a number on a scale to tell Him whether or not we are beautiful…He defines beauty, He creates beauty, He IS beauty and He is IN US! He doesn’t THINK we are beautiful, He KNOWS we are:
The king is enthralled by your beauty; honor him, for he is your lord Psalm 45:11
I love this verse! It means so much to me that no matter what the mirrors or magazines say today or any other—The KING is enthralled with my beauty. I can choose to try to please the things of this world that are ever-changing, or I can choose to rest in the presence of the King. The world may never be satisfied with me, much less enthralled, but God already IS. Honoring Him with my heart, soul, mind, and strength is my pleasure, my joy, my expression of beauty here on this earth.
Breathing In (Bible Study):
We have God’s beauty in us, but it is NOT a physical beauty. Look up the following passages:
1 Peter 3:3-5
What does this passage say about beauty? How does it address the role of outward adornments? Where is our beauty found according to this scripture?
How does being full of wisdom relate to being “perfect” in beauty?
Based on these two passages (and the others from today’s blog), do you feel God calling you to choose HIS definition of beauty? Which sounds more obtainable—beauty in Christ or beauty in the world? How would accepting God’s definition of beauty and His description of you as beautiful change your recovery?
For a comparison between Culture’s Beauty Images and God’s Beauty images, see the links below to a previous restoreyourcore blog series called “Posting to your Profile”:
Posting to your Profile: Beauty Images from Culture and Creator pt.1 (http://wp.me/pWuFG-ib)
Posting to Your Profile: Image of Beauty according to Culture (part 2) (http://wp.me/pWuFG-ii)
Posting to your Profile: God Defines Beauty…uploading HIS Image (http://wp.me/pWuFG-il)
Breathing Out (Prayer)
Father, you are perfect beauty that shines forth upon us, in us, and through us. Your beauty never fades, it endures forever. Help us, Lord, to look to You for our standard of beauty knowing that you defined it, created it, and gave Your beauty to us through Christ Jesus. There is nothing we can do to remove this beauty you have given us. Help us to reject the world’s beauty standards that always change and are based on parts of ourselves that change with time. Help us to cling to the beauty in us that will never change…Yours and Yours alone. Amen