Chances are, you’ve heard the phrase, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” But what if beauty is less subjective than we make it out to be? While how we perceive ourselves and others may vary depending on our mood, our pasts, or whether we have eaten lunch yet today, the Bible offers us objective truth about who we are and how Jesus sees us.
John Piper reflects on the beauty of Christ in a sermon and how often we are told to focus on outward appearances in this day and age. “The beauty of Christ is the beauty of love, not the beauty of looks. The beauty of Christ is the beauty of sacrifice, not the beauty of skin.” It is our character that shows our true beauty, instead of how we appear physically to those around us. “The beauty to which God looks is not external; it is the beauty of love, it’s the beauty of mercy, it’s the beauty of patience and kindness and meekness and joy and self-control.”
Source: Desiring God: Sermons True Beauty is Not About Looks