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3. Longing by Beauty

The beautiful God made his favorite creations to be beautiful.
The beauty of God emanates from His person and resonates within us.
We reflect His own beauty.
We cannot create beauty ourselves, therefore we reflect the beauty of God.

Let's look at some aspects of this yearning for beauty.

1. The shared beauty, the revealed beauty

There is something in the human spirit that makes us hate to feel ugly.
We long to be attractive and beautiful, and this yearning is an expression of God's genius and personality.
We are all meant to feel beautiful before God, and there is something powerful about those who genuinely perceive themselves that way.

Seeking natural beauty outside the bounds of God's grace can be harmful. Ignoring divine limits is ending up with extra pressure and problems.

2. His beauty in exchange for our ashes

"The spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; for the LORD hath anointed me to preach good news to the meek; he sent me to restore the contrite in heart, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of prison to the prisoners; " Isaiah 61:1

Ashes - are what's left over, the result of burning our wrong passions.
Some people's lives are like a heap of ashes, even after they've known God for many years.
We lose a lot when we make sinful choices.

Nobody wants our ashes, but God exchanges our ashes for His beauty.

3. Manifestation of Inner Beauty

Inner or spiritual beauty leaves its mark on our physical beauty in this age, brightening our countenances and changing our personality.

"May your beauty not be outward, like braids in your hair, gold jewelry, and fine dresses, but may it be in your inner being, a permanent beauty of a gentle and tranquil spirit, which is of great value to God." 1 Peter 3:3,4

4. Light and Glory

"Then the righteous shall shine like the sun in the Kingdom of their Father. He who has ears to hear, let him hear. Matthew 13:43

The ultimate purpose of our story is to shine the beauty of God into us in all directions and to leave a mark on history.
As children of God, in His image and likeness, we shine His Light and His Glory through our lives.

Much more than outward beauty, God is more interested in developing in us His beauty and not the selfish and deceitful beauty of this world.

Based on the book: 7 Longings of the Human Heart - Mike Bickle


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