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Beauty is in the eye of the beholder

Pre-Lent Assembly

Laurie Johnston

on 4 February 2013

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Transcript of Beauty is in the eye of the beholder

May the Lord be with you Beauty? Self-image and outward appearance God's beautiful men and women We live in a society that is obsessed with physical appearance

People spend vast amounts of money beautifying themselves Yet external beauty is subjective and open to debate Beauty is in the eye of the beholder We don't have to look far in to the Bible to realise that God's standards of beauty do not have much to do with the external God's standards of beauty The Bible says that... Noah, Moses, David, Daniel, Ruth, Hannah, Rahab etc.

All are valued for their faith, trust and service not their false eyelashes, height or beauty 1 Samuel 16:7 CEB

Common English Bible

But the LORD said to Samuel, "Have no regard for his appearance or stature,
because I haven't selected him. God doesn't look at things like humans do.
Humans see only what is visible to the eyes, but the LORD sees into the heart." Prayer Lord, sometimes when I look in the mirror I’m not too happy with what I see. Please let me see me the way you made me, beautiful and perfect just as I am. Help me to hold this image in my mind and heart as I follow my life’s path. Allow others to witness your light shining through me as I walk with confidence, grace and a smile on my face.
Amen. The beatitudes reveal some of God’s standards of beauty. An awareness of one’s spiritual poverty, sorrow for wickedness, hunger and thirst for righteousness, mercy, purity of heart, and being a peacemaker are all qualities of beauty. The Beatitudes
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