We all want to be attractive. Here*s a little tip to help you be more attractive no matter how you look physically. Praise the Lord. Which people around you do you find more attractive, the praisers or the complainers? The truth is when we complain we become less attractive.
Psalm 33:1: Rejoice in the LORD, O ye righteous: for praise is comely for the upright.
Psalm 147:1: Praise ye the LORD: for it is good to sing praises unto our God; for it is pleasant; and praise is comely.
I jokingly tell people that I*m getting better looking. And then I tell them that it is because I praise the Lord and praise is comely.
Most people don*t even know that when they complain they are complaining about the Lord. God is in charge of everything that comes into our lives. When we complain, our complaining is actually about Him or His plan. Complaining is the opposite of praising the Lord. Complainers seem to believe (1) that God is in charge but He has permitted something bad in their life or (2) He is really not in charge of everything or (3) He really doesn*t care about us. All three positions are sin.
The Israelites thought they were complaining about Moses and Aaron but they were actually complaining about the Lord.
Exodus 16:7-8: And in the morning, then ye shall see the glory of the LORD; for that he heareth your murmurings against the LORD: and what are we, that ye murmur against us And Moses said, This shall be, when the LORD shall give you in the evening flesh to eat, and in the morning bread to the full; for that the LORD heareth your murmurings which ye murmur against him: and what are we? your murmurings are not against us, but against the LORD.
Among Christians there is too little emphasis on dressing and adorning ourselves according to Bible principles. It is important that we Christians be as physically attractive as possible. Some of us don*t have much to work with but we can be clean and appropriately dressed at all times. There will be plenty of criticism by unbelievers without needlessly giving them more to criticize by neglecting our appearance. Our appearance should never be an issue. Our behavior ought to be the most noticeable thing about us. Our character ought to shine through. We ought to exhibit the fruit of the Spirit. The most attractive people you know do that.
Galatians 5:22-23: But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
Ephesians 5:8-10: For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.
God has important reasons for us to exhibit the fruit of the Spirit. We are to prove what is acceptable to the Lord and we are to make the gospel of Christ as attractive as possible. We ourselves are its accessories. We are its ambassadors.
Titus 2:10b: . . . that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things.
The Bible gives the instructions about how to adorn the doctrine of God in many passages.
Titus 2:1-10a: But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine: That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience. The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed. Young men likewise exhort to be sober minded. In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity, Sound speech, that cannot be condemned; that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you. Exhort servants to be obedient unto their own masters, and to please them well in all things; not answering again; Not purloining, but shewing all good fidelity; . . .
1 Peter 3:3-4: Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.
1 Thessalonians 5:22: Abstain from all appearance of evil.
If you are honest, you will acknowledge that evil is ugly.
In the Bible old clothes are a picture of unforgiven sin and new and different clothing picture righteousness. There ought to be a difference in how he dresses after a person comes into a right relationship with God. We ought to dress to honor the Lord.
Job 29:14: I put on righteousness, and it clothed me: my judgment was as a robe and a diadem.
Holiness will look different from wickedness.
Psalms 96:9: O worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness: fear before him, all the earth.
The Lord is concerned about the clothes we wear. Different clothes ought to picture a difference within. Worshipping God is not casual. Do we wear casual clothes to church and claim to worship God? Do we wear the same common clothes to church that we wear to work? If we can afford nice clothes we should wear them to worship. If God is truly more important to us than anyone else, we should dress differently for the Lord than we dress for anyone else. We should dress first for the Lord and then to help others.
Dressing to honor the Lord is a good testimony. If we walk out of our house on a Sunday morning dressed the same as if we were going shopping or to a ball game, how will our neighbors know we are going to church? Do we want them to know where we are going? I must say here that we are to accept visitors to our churches no matter how they dress. We are not to expect them to dress or behave like Christians. I know some Christians who can*t afford different clothing for church. They are always neat and clean. Do what you can.
God designed men and women differently. We should not try to minimize those differences in our apparel.
Deuteronomy 22:5: The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman*s garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the LORD thy God.
1 Corinthians 11:14-15: Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him? But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her: for her hair is given her for a covering.
I have seen the faces of both men and women soften and become more attractive when they have received Christ. They actually look healthier to me. They look more contented and peaceful. They definitely look happier. I believe that Christians should dress to draw attention to their changed faces (countenances). They should not dress in a provocative manner.
Psalms 43:5: Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.
Leviticus 19:28: Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the LORD.
We were created in the image of God. We should delight in that. Changing our appearance with tatoos or body piercing mars that image. It tells the Lord we don*t like the way he created us. It is attempting to add to His work. It tells Him we think we can do a better job. It is not worshipping Him. It is a slap at His image. Changing our appearance will have no helpful impact on our heart or behavior. A Christian getting tatoos tries to be like the world when he should try to be like Christ. Sin mars us spiritually like tattoos mar us physically. I do not believe Christians ought to get tatoos.
From a health perspective, no one really knows what is in the ink used in tatoos or what it might do to your body. You are unwise to put something so unknown into your body for a lifetime. It may not be very scientific but of the 4 people I have known with hepatitis, 3 have tatoos. Any sin we commit, not just tattoos, mars the image of God in us. Tattoos ought to alert us that there is an individual we ought to pray for.
You might believe that I am a hopeless square. You are right. I am not interested in verbal debate on these issues because things get said too quickly and it is too easy to deny having said them or not remember saying them. It is too easy to be misunderstood. If they are written in black and white there is perfect clarity about what is written. If you have differing opinions, I would like to read them. If you write them out, you can reread them and make sure you mean what you have written and you have written what you mean. Please include any Scripture passages or Biblical principles you feel support your opinion.