How do you define the word ugly?
What distinguishes beautiful from ugly in God’s eyes?
Distinguishing between beauty and ugliness is difficult in the view of man. There are many different views and observations. Definitions of beauty and ugliness are according to each of our own views. What is beautiful to one person is often ugly to another, and vice versa. If something is regarded as beautiful by a person, it must fulfill their definition and concept of beauty. Regardless of other’s opinions, it is ugly if it does not fit their concept of beauty. And so it is with humans. But there is a different criteria of definition of ugly and beauty for God. God’s concept of beauty also is His own. No person defines for God His concept of beauty. If a person is beautiful to God, he fits God’s concept of beauty. If something or someone is ugly to God they fit the concept of ugly as laid out in God’s word.
God does not define beauty by using the criteria people commonly use. God never uses a physical, or an outward appearance to determine beauty. The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.
(I Samuel 16:7). Nothing in a person’s outward appearance impresses God. God looks upon the inner beauty of the heart.
We can tell how men and women look on the outside, but God can tell what and who they are on the inside. He judges of men and women by their heart. We often form a mistaken judgment of characters; but the Lord values only the faith, fear, and love, which are planted in the heart, far beyond human discernment and capabilities. And God does not favor us according to our popularity, but often honors and blesses those among us who have been least regarded by our fellow-man.
The best evidence of our real beauty is being sealed with the Spirit of promise in the hope of Christ and the experience of His grace at work in our hearts.
So how are you UGLY in God’s eyes? Let me give you a glimpse of ugly.
Matthew 7:1-5 “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.
Matthew 7:1-5 Darrell Creswell’s Interpretation…… Don’t humiliate people, point out all their failures, and criticize their faults—unless you wanted to be treated the same way. Your critical spirit of others has a way of turning back around to you. It’s easy to see a smudge on someone else’s face and be blind to all the UGLY on your own. Do you have the nerve to say, ‘Let me wash your face for you,’ when your own face is distorted by your own UGLINESS? It’s this hypocritical mentality all over again, playing a holier-than-thou part instead of just living your part. Wipe that UGLY sneer off your own face, and you might be worthy to offer a wash cloth to your friend, church member, neighbor or someone else who needs the love of Christ.
The world looks at beauty by social standings. The world, much of the church and the media at large are influenced by a person’s status in life, the wealth and their social standing (in the church and in the world). When many of these people mention “beautiful people,” they are very seldom talking about people who are in poverty, the bottom rung of society, those working menial jobs, or populations in so-called “backward” areas.
God‘s concept of beauty. The Beatitudes, contained in the Sermon on the Mount, reveal much of God’s perception of beauty. God sees the knowledge of one’s spiritual poverty, our sorrow for wickedness, and our hungering and thirsting after righteousness. He acknowledges us being merciful, us having purity of heart, and us being peacemakers all as qualities of beauty. His Holy Word also teaches us to keep the faith while enduring hardship, to have control over the tongue, enduring personal harm to protect the Body of Christ and His message, making sacrifices for the good of others, and living by His Word and the message of His sacrifice in the face of the world’s ridicule. This is beauty in God’s eyes.
When God Says you are Ugly…You Are UGLY …Sin is ugly to God. In fact sin is so ugly to God; He cannot even look upon it.
Proverbs 6:16-19 tells us that there are six things God hates and one more that he loathes with a passion: They are
- eyes that are arrogant,
- a tongue that lies,
- hands that murder the innocent,
- a heart that hatches evil plots,
- feet that race down a wicked track,
- a mouth that lies under oath,
- a troublemaker in the family.
Arrogance, being puffed up, being full of yourself, being deceitful, lying, sacrificing the innocent, scheming for your own wicked purposes, running to trouble, perjury, and creating division are ugly to God (Proverbs 6:16-19). This is a definition of people that are ugly in the sight of God. Many others include those who live for their own worldly pleasure, the selfish whole take from others, those who indulge their passions, those who love money, and those who discourage and persecute the righteous. These people are ugly in God’s sight.
But there is Good News
The good news is that each and every one of us has the opportunity given us by the blood of Jesus Christ to change the way we look and appear to God. Not one of us has to be ugly in God’s sight. The blood of Christ Jesus can change the ugliest of any of us into the most beautiful of all of us by forgiveness and His gift of grace. The beauty that God sees in all of us as His children has replace the ugly that he saw in us at one time as sinners. There is not one of us, no not even one that is beautiful in the eyes of God in and of ourselves. In ourselves we have no spiritual beauty without the blood of Christ. It is in Christ we are seen by our heavenly father as beautiful as we are seen as the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus.
All ugly is destroyed by Christ. When we are in Christ, we are a new person, a new creation. All the old sin, the old ugly person has passed away and we have a new beauty, created in the blood of Christ. The old ugly life is gone; a new beautiful life has begun!
Take heed as a believer and as a new creation in Christ Jesus.
You can have a beautiful appearance or one that is horribly ugly. A beautiful life of righteousness can become horribly ugly through sin. The spiritual beauty that is given you by the gift of Christ must never be taken for granted nor be neglected. We should learn not to lift ourselves up. We should not ever increase our finances by fraud and oppression. Each one of us who seeks prosperity, safety, and peace, should not only act in an upright, honorable manner toward our fellow-man, but also with kindness to everyone regardless of their wealth(or lack thereof) social status or position.
It is possible for the most important people in the world’s eyes, Presidents, leaders, famous people, athletes, etc. to be some of the ugliest people God knows. It is also possible for many the world sees as nobody, unimportant, unknown, yet these people may be the most beautiful and radiant in the eyes of God. What does God see when He looks at you?
You can have a beautiful appearance in God’s eyes or one that is horribly ugly to God. It is up to you. The difference is Christ, Him crucified and His Spirit living in you as the Lord of your life.