Nothing is expedient with Christ. Nor is it easy. But He never promised us expedient nor easy. He did promise, however, faith and hope in times of turbulence, joy in longsuffering, success for those that daily do His Word and salvation for those that endure. This is the beauty I see in me.
Whether you are brand new to the truth of the scriptures or have known for some time, there is spiritual beauty all around you. If you are new, think upon how special you are to have been chosen to have your spirit open up to learning about our Heavenly Father and Christ in truth. Count it a blessing that you have an opportunity now to repent, to make it right and become a new creature, clean of any past filth. Be proud that you have chosen to go against the grain of the world’s wickedness and stand up for the sake of the Lord’s righteous ways. Be happy that there are many just like you searching for a better life, willing to submit to the holy commandments and be hearers and doers of truth and not lies.
If you have been in it for a while, think upon all that you have endured which has made you spiritually stronger. Appreciate your hard times and even the failures which you overcame as these are they that tried and made strong your true faith and hope in the Word.
“Finally brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” Philippians 4:8
There are times when others notice the work Christ has done in us and comment on the beauty. I don’t know about you, but even though compliments are nice to hear, I at times resist them. And it’s not always a humility thing as it is an “I-don’t-see-myself-as-beautiful” thing. In my blindness, I at times only see the unfinished work, my weaknesses, my shortcomings, my failures. But since I am a descendant of a great Nation of people of light and truth, it is imperative that I not negate the beauty of the work Christ has done thus far in me and, pray, will continue to do in my life. I am a work in progress, moving forward, trying to get better as I go. Each step has its own beauty and without that step I wouldn’t be here now.
I am a blessed woman. I see much beauty in me. There is much to be joyful about, thankful for, proud of, honored by. I wake up knowing exactly where I came from, where I am now and where I want to go. I don’t wonder why any more, I just push myself in the how am I going to overcome and accomplish it. I don’t aspire to live a life for things that corrupt the soul, or that burn down, or that you buy with paper as all these will never bring me any true happiness. I live for the reward of eternal life without pain, without lies, without death, without sorrow, with infinite knowledge, wisdom and understanding, with enduring love and kindness, and with peace.
“Rejoice in the Lord always; and again I say, Rejoice.” Philippians 4:4
Real spiritual beauty isn’t something that we will only see in the end, it is in you NOW because the Most High dwells in you. Though the gift in the end that awaits those that obey Him is GREAT BEYOND MEASURE, He gives you many gifts even now, little pieces of heaven. Yes, in the midst of this wicked hurricane of hate, the Most High gives us rest and beauty in the eye of the storm.
Don’t let your past sins define you; repent. (Psalms 119:9)
Don’t let your painful scars hold you back; you’re a new creature. (II Corinthians 5:17)
Don’t let your present sufferings weaken you; seize the moment, learn from them and grow stronger. (James 1:2-5)
These are trials and tribulations that Most High and Christ use to refine your beauty.
“For gold is tried in the fire, and acceptable men in the furnace of adversity.” Ecclesiasticus 2:5 (Apocrypha).
Our journey from wickedness to righteousness is neither easy nor instantaneous. It demands a yielded heart and can be quite painful, but it comes with such great beauty not only in the life to come, but even now in you and me.
“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” Philippians 4:13
“For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;” II Corinthians 4:17