“For the Lord takes pleasure in His people; He will beautify the afflicted ones with salvation.” Psalm 149:4
Some of the statements Lisa made in the study really struck me……let me quote her cause I won’t do a good job of describing it on my own.
“Let this passage be the seed that grows this radical idea in you, “Jesus became ugly, therefore I am not. What draws people to me will be His Spirit, not an outward attractiveness.” The Jews counted Jesus as nothing because when they looked on Him, all they saw was one afflicted. Surely He must have been stricken of God instead of sent by Him. Practically speaking, we are still ‘esteeming Him not’ today by continuing the beating that He has already taken. Some examples of how we do this are: Negative self-talk when we look in the mirror or step on the scale, mentally abusing our own intelligence, nurturing toxic relationships, and engaging in self-destructive behavior are but a few. Remember, thinking lowly of ones self is still thinking of oneself more than God. Reverse pride is still pride and the most dangerous form of idolatry. Ask God to reveal areas in your thought life where He is not being esteemed. If you do not esteem yourself, you are not esteeming Him.” Wow that is so powerful……..
- What is your initial response when anyone suggests you are beautiful?
- Do you find you engage in a lot of negative ‘self-talk’? How much of your thought life does this form of thinking consume?
I know that I use to engage in allot of negative self talk…..I don’t think it’s as bad as it use to be because I am learning to love myself a little bit at a time…..but the last few weeks have been bad…..it’s easy to fall back into bad patterns of thinking if you let yourself go.
- Has it ever occurred to you that you are a City Girl? How do you plan to use this knowledge?
You know I have never thought of it that way before…the fact that Jesus took all our sin and ugliness and that we are beautiful because of Him…..that is just a huge powerful thought for me and I think it will take me some time to fully process it all but I believe that it will give me more confidence in the decisions that I make……I hope my countenance shows that I am a believer, I know often it doesn’t because I am so bogged down by my own sin…..but today I am working on showing my true beauty. That’s all we can do right? Work on changing things one day at a time!
- In what ways has your view of Godly beauty changed as a result of these Scriptures?
Well Godly beauty is not something that is put on…..it’s real and comes from the inside. It’s also a relief to know that because then I won’t work so hard to put my face on everyday. :o))! Godly beauty goes far deeper that the outside appearances……and you know I am guilty of looking at outward beauty verses inward beauty……I want people to think I am good looking and I want people around me that are good looking but I think this really has affirmed to me to look deeper than that, even within myself………I know I struggle with pride and it’s something I have to constantly look to God to help keep me in check…….
This study has really boosted my spirits today………How grateful I am that Jesus took my sin and ugliness to the cross and I don’t have to carry it anymore! Thank you Lord!