More Ways to find Inner Beauty
through successful Christian living

The beauty of conviction

Clarence has a strong belief in God's promises and what Christ has to give. His conviction makes him affective in witnessing to others. Others see his sincerity and his transparency, and are impressed with his firm conviction of grace.

The beauty of service

Clarence considers it an honor to be a servant of the Most High God, and to take a lowly and humble position of submission and obedience to the will of his Lord. He finds joy in serving others, as if he were serving the Lord.

The beauty of focus

Clarence focuses on things that are important to God. With God at the center of everything, Clarence has a better chance of fulfilling the first command. When he focuses on forgiveness, he can find order, stability, purpose and peace. When he focuses on God's will, even though he looks weak, he can find God's strength to accomplish it.

The beauty of generosity

Clarence has developed a generous nature, by completely abandoning selfishness and greed. He is mindful of the sacrifice that God made to save us, and also of the needs of God's work on earth. He is passionate about giving generously and cheerfully to be able to help the poor, and support the church.

What the mirror reveals about beauty

In James 1:22-25, the Bible paints the picture of a mirror that we can look into to see a reflection of the inner person. That mirror is God’s Word.

Much like when we look into mirrors and notice our appearence is amiss, God’s Word is the mirror through which we can see problems and sin in our lives. And when the mirror of God’s Word reveals something unattractive, James admonishes us to do something about it: 'be doers of the Word, and not hearers only.'

He teaches that when we read and hear God’s Word, we ought to actively obey it. When we don’t, we are as foolish as the person who looks into a mirror, sees blemishes or stains, but walks away as though nothing were wrong. 'All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.' (2 Timothy 3:16-17 NIV)

When we look into God’s Word, we can identify whether we are living a life marked by the beauty of holiness or the ugliness of sin. We can see if God's love is strong in us, or whether we are living selfish and unattractive lives. And when we see sin in our lives, John says that by agreeing with God about our sin; that it is filthy and needs to be washed; God will forgive us and 'cleanse us from all unrighteousness'. (1 John 1:9)

The Bible is our mirror, and we should go to it regularly to catch our spiritual reflection. When we actively seek to correct the problems that the mirror reveals, our pursuit of personal righteousness and holiness helps to develop the beauty of the inner person; and the soul takes on much of the splendor of Christ.


Question: Do you have a goal and a plan to make yourself into the mirror image of Christ?