“For your royal Bridegroom is ravished by your beautiful brightness.”Psalm 45:11a TPT
I remember meeting a group of young teenage girls in a sauna at the public pool just before I received the Lord. I was in a very dark place in my life at the time, but when I looked at them, I could not get over their beauty. They radiated a brightness that I had not seen before, and it made me wonder what the source of this radiance was. I listened carefully, attempting to discover a clue as they shared with each other, but they were just being normal teenagers—there was nothing spiritual or profound being communicated. I finally asked them, “Where are you from?” They shared that they were from a church in the city and were enjoying a youth night together. I was so captivated by the radiant beauty they exuded that I felt prompted to consider finding a church to attend. It was just a few weeks later that I received Jesus as my personal Savior and my life has been transformed since that time. Their light drew me to Christ.
As believers, we don’t necessarily see our own radiance in Christ. When we get up in the morning and look at our “morning face” in the mirror, we are not usually gazing at the glorious beauty of Christ manifested on our face and yet, his glory and radiance are within us—they are always there: morning, noon, and night. Those in darkness behold that beauty and light, taking note of it even when we don’t. I surely saw the light on those girls, and I knew it was not natural—it was something greater than they were. The girls, however, were most likely not aware of their “glow” at all.
Jesus is always beholding your glory and radiance. He can’t stop thinking about you. He is ravished by your beauty and brightness, and his desire is that you will see his beauty in yourself.
All of us may feel a bit frumpy, disheveled, and missing the mark of a beautiful outward appearance at times, but God wants us to see beyond the outer layer. He looks at the heart. He sees your beauty and radiance.
“God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”1 Samuel 16:7b NASB
Jesus said in John 10:10, “A thief has only one thing in mind—he wants to steal, slaughter, and destroy.” (John 10:10a) The devil would love to steal the truth about your beauty from you. He is a liar, a killer and a thief. Any time you receive adverse thoughts about your beauty and loveliness, you need to call the devil a liar and believe the exact opposite.
The Word reveals to you who you truly are. God says you are beautiful. He says you are lovely and radiant, and he is God and cannot lie. He has given you the blessing of radiant beauty. Look for that beauty in yourself. Believe in that beauty. Focus on that beauty, then go out into the world and let that beauty shine.
“Her shining light will not be extinguished, no matter how dark the night.”Proverbs 31:18b TPT
From 31 Decrees of Blessing for Women