Secrets to Unfading Beauty: Part I
Mary was beautiful because she had learned to avoid being deceitful and manipulative in her goals. Proverbs 7:21-23 “With her enticing speech she caused him to yield, with her flattering lips she seduced him. Immediately he went after her, as an ox goes to the slaughter, or as a fool to the correction of the stocks, till an arrow struck his liver. As a bird hastens to the snare, He did not know it [would cost] his life.” (NKJV) An ugly woman is self driven and wants her way. A beautiful woman wears heavenly beauty.
Mary was beautiful because she had learned to avoid being LOUD and assertive in her communication. Proverbs 9:13 “The woman Folly is loud; she is undisciplined and without knowledge.” (NIV) This includes disrespect, hostility, aggressiveness and cunningness.
Mary was beautiful because she had learned to avoid being a fighter, quarreling to get her way. Proverbs 20:3 “[It is] honorable for a man to stop striving, since any fool can start a quarrel.” (NKJV) Selfish ambition isn't from God; it is earthly sensual and devilish.
Moms and dads, what are you raising? A wise woman, or a foolish one? Bring your daughters up to the X-Rays of God's Word and see what He finds.
Is she loud, assertive, boisterous, whiney or the center of attention? Or is she quiet, submissive, gentle and humble?
Does she dress in a way that draws a young man to think about her body and its enticements or her spirit and its beauty?
Does she have a holy hatred of sin or does she have a desire to watch sinners [TV and Movies] as they live out their fleshly fantasies?
Does she use all her powers to get her own way? Does she manipulate by tears, looks and whatever it takes to accomplish her ends?
Is she argumentative, easily quarreling and fighting with you or her brothers and sisters? Or is she peaceable, gentle and easily entreated?
If these symptoms are present in any amount the prognosis for the future bleak. One gifted expositor in writing about these verses said, "...we may say with a surgeon's frankness, her home will be like Scarlett's - troubled, torn down, and literally Gone with the Wind.”
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