The virtuous woman: How important is our appearance?


We live in a day and age where appearance is everything, plastic surgery is on the rise and male and female alike are growing more and more conscious of their outward appearance. This obsession with our appearance leaves our inward person neglected. I believe we are a spirit with a body as opposed to a body with a spirit. Society has made it very clear for women that an attractive outer appearance will get you further in life. It is proven that women who are “more attractive” are more likely to get a job promotion.

Well what does the bible say? In 1 Samuel 16:7 it says “The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart”.

This is not to say that taking care of outward appearance is unnecessary but there must be a balance. Do we spend more time getting ready, getting the best outfits and most expensive make up than spending time with God and working on becoming absolutely stunning on the inside? Add up the time it takes you to put on your make up, do your hair, choose an outfit, double check in the mirror if you look good – and compare that to the amount of time you spend in The Word and praying to the Most High.

“Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing but a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised”. (Proverbs 31:30)

What is the best compliment you’ve ever received? We all like being told we look good; it’s the ultimate ego booster. But after reading this verse it’s clear that the ultimate compliment, the best praise we can receive is being a God-fearing woman which ultimately is reflected by our inward person. So this can affect our personality, the way we deal with situations, how we treat others. Someone who is in The Word and spends time with God is distinctive, their aura is so pleasant and inviting and THAT makes a woman worthy of praise.