Every woman longs to be beautiful. To be the object of someones affection. To be captivating.
We spend countless hours in the mirror every week. Fixing our hair or selecting the perfectly flattering outfit. Covering our freckles, highlighting our eyelids, or extending our lashes. We want to be noticed, admired, loved. As woman created in the image of God, our longing for such approval is natural and I believe actually healthy if it was not for the way human sinful nature has distorted it.
A welcoming trend among the Christian Godly woman community has been to teach woman their identity in Christ! To foster the truth of where true beauty lies (in the heart.) There is such power and freedom for woman who can grasp such a freeing concept. Instead of adapting the identity of being “objects” to sexually tease, please, and entertain men– women who understand God’s view of them are able to live freely in a way that is beautiful to both men and their heavenly Father.
However, so many woman who long to cling to their new identity are wrapped in the shame of their past. I know this struggle far too personally. Knowledge of the truth– yet battling emotions, guilt, and shadows of shame. As I continue on my own journey to embracing my identity in Christ I have longingly watched and studied several woman who have stepped out of an umbrella of shame to true freedom! They radiate with amazing testimonies that just leave you speechless as you see such a victorious smile on their face!
As I was reading the bible, a verse really has taken on new meaning in my life. It’s
I sought the LORD, and he answered me;
he delivered me from all my fears.
5 Those who look to him are radiant;
their faces are never covered with shame.
6 This poor man called, and the LORD heard him;
he saved him out of all his troubles.
Here’s what I love about this verse, the concept that as we look to Christ– we are radiant. What woman doesn’t want to be radiant? Glowing. Beaming. Glorious. Our hearts ache to be described with such words.
The phenomenal beauty of this verse is that nothing we can do on our own will make us radiant! What makes us radiant (and never covered in shame) is looking to Him! The work is done by Jesus alone– nothing in of our own power has the ability to remove that shame. The redeeming work of our Savior on the cross wasn’t just about salvation! On the cross He took our shame, the shame from our sins and the shame from sins committed against us upon Himself. As he conquered death– shame’s grip is lost!
When we look to the cross, we radiate because we reflect Jesus! When we look at Him, our reflection changes. We radiate with love, kindness, peace, truth, gentleness of Spirit, self sacrifice. When we have our eyes on our Father we can never be shamed. This is one the most beautiful truths of the gospel! It doesn’t matter where you’ve been, what you’ve done, or what’s been done to you– as you look to Jesus– you will be a radiant reflection of His goodness!