Christian Walk, Life

Defining Beauty

Have you ever stopped to consider what the proper definition of “beauty” is? Perhaps to define the word you would attempt to describe what it means by using a visual illustration: a mountain scene, a newborn baby, a blushing bride, a telescopic view of the galaxy. Are we truly capable of defining beauty in its purest form though? What may be beautiful to me may not be beautiful to you. Is it possible for everyone to agree on one definition?

Miriam-Webster gives three definitions of the word “beauty.”

1. The quality or aggregate of qualities in a person or thing that gives pleasure to the senses or pleasurably exalts the mind or spirit
2. A particularly graceful, ornamental, or excellent quality

3. A brilliant, extreme, or egregious example or instance

While we can give credence to these definitions, we continue to apply these meanings in so many different ways. In that case, the question is still whether we have a true, working definition of the word.
The problem is that to truly understand “beauty” we have to view it in its purest form. Unfortunately, there is nothing in this world that can be 100% beautiful. Do you know why? One word…sin. Sin has taken what was once truly beautiful and has distorted it. God created a truly “beautiful” world that man has forever altered. However, we can catch glimpses of true beauty because several aspects of that original creation are present.
Man was created in the image of God; therefore, true beauty exists in every human life. God has also instilled in man to desire to do things “decently and in order” (1 Cor. 14:40). We like to see/experience something that is put together well. That is “beauty.” God is also pleased to see His creation living according to His Word. That is beautiful in His sight. To agree with each other on the definition of “beauty” we must first agree with God.

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

Philippians 4:8

Enjoy the beauty that only God can provide as you continue to…
Walk in Him.

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