Everyone has a take on beauty. It is in the eye of the beholder. People are drawn to different physical characteristics.  Isaiah 53 tells us that there was no beauty about Jesus, as He was scourged and led away to be crucified.  Far be it for me to argue with God or even the prophet Isaiah, but in my own life, I know it has been the most beautiful thing He did for me and I’m so glad He chose to make that sacrifice. I am ever so grateful that He rose from the dead.  I’ve cried many tears over this knowing that kind of love keeps me from so much evil, and that I caused Him part of that punishment. For many years I didn’t even know how to receive the piece that is mine.  For me beauty has been a part of His grace, I have always looked younger than I was. Make up and hair color can transform anyone, but it can’t make you lovely like He can, because He is the Bridegroom and altogether lovely. It can color a cheek, make a blonde a redhead, but it can’t give you the grace to turn the cheek, or to over look an offense, or what someone said or did to hurt you. It does not know the number of hairs on your head. Beauty is supposed to be skin deep, but I maintain that it is deeper still. It goes all the way to the spirit. The other part of that quip, here in the south, anyway, is that ugly goes all the way to the bone.  Now that part, may not be far off the mark. Proverbs tells us to have a merry heart, to guard it, and how grievous words stir anger, and so much more, those words sour in the belly and rot the bones. It is a good idea from time to time to take an inventory of such words, making sure to forgive that person and cover the wound with the blood of Jesus.  You don’t have to always seek them out, they may not know that they even hurt you and worse, they may not care and hurt you for apologizing, I know that feeling, the sting of arrows and words that are like blows to your spirit. That is what Paul suffered, an enemy was sent against him, by the devil, because He was so close to Jesus. Don’t be surprised that it happens, if friends forsake you, you didn’t need them anyway, family will not always understand a passion for Christ either, even fellow Christians,  love them, pray for them, live in peace as much as you can.  But never stop letting Christ reflect His beauty, being able to embrace the beloved Son and His ways is the best fountain of youth, worry wrinkles will fade from your brow, as you remember the crown of thorns on His head. Your face will shine with the glow of His glory if you allow the Holy Spirit to guide you, you will be bold and beautiful before the throne, full of wisdom and grace, speaking words of love to every ear that needs them, you can open your mouth and He will fill it with good things. I have always been in love with words, His Word, Jesus, poetry, music and songs. Words have a special place in my heart, so I find beauty in them, powerful, yet soft spoken voice, a gentleness that speaks to me, from a page or a person. And eyes are an open window to the soul, if they are open and full of light, they belong to Jesus. The most beautiful person who ever lived had to be Jesus, enduring all He did and not opening His mouth, He knew the power of His words and so should we, Jesus in all His beauty became hideous, horrible, hanging from a cross. But the most mangled, mass of flesh that was His face, is pure beauty, holy beauty, healing beauty, and now He sits watching with eyes full of love , waiting for us to see Him as He was and is and is to come.  Beauty is in the eye of the beholder! Behold the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world! Rebecca Jones


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