What It Means to Be Attractive

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(Only because I could not bring myself to call this post “What it means to be hot!”)

After I posted the “Prayer Warrior” post above with a number of references to being physically attractive (only I could manage to introduce that topic when writing about prayer warriors!) I got thinking about what it really means to be attractive as a Christian. There were also a few comments on Facebook about this…
I have often playfully referred here on this blog to the fact that my husband has to be handsome, or attractive.
There will of course be people who jump to assert the standard Christian thinking that beauty comes from the inside. You need to have a pure and a holy heart, you need to be kind, gracious, generous, full of joy. All these things are true of course, and I trust that I have covered these things quite adequately in other blog posts; not just in an airy-fairy theoretical sense, but also in a pragmatic down-to-earth sense showing the difference that these characteristics would make to your life on an ongoing basis.

However this post is not about internal beauty – sorry! I am trying not to sound glib about this because as a person I know that it is the joy in my heart that lights up my eyes (usually with mischief) and puts a wide beaming smile on my face and laughter into my mouth. I know that this is the most attractive thing about me as a person and this is what makes me happiest about myself and happiest to be myself. There is also joy and confidence in the future and being thankful for my life and grateful for all that God has made me, and all that He is doing in my life. And I know that that is also extremely attractive.

Beyond this though, I also think quite a lot about physical beauty. There are a number of reasons for this. As Christians, there are a couple of verses in the New Testament which seem to condemn outward beauty. 1 Peter 3v3-4

“Do not let your adornment be merely outward—arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel— 4 rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God.”

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