by J.R. Miller
There is much truth in the familiar lines:
“Beautiful thoughts make a beautiful soul,
And a beautiful soul makes a beautiful face.”
We know that all the thoughts of the Master were beautiful thoughts. Heaven dwelt in Him, and there was never any fleck of stain upon His soul. In a world of hate, cruelty, and injustice–His heart was always full of love. Never was an unkind thought there for a moment. Infinite holiness dwelt in Him. All the beatitudes had their home in His bosom. All the fruits of the Spirit grew to perfect ripeness in Him.
“Whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are commendable, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy–meditate on these things!” Philippians 4:8
These were the things on which Jesus thought continually. He never had . . . a sordid thought, an impure thought, a trivial thought, a selfish thought.
His mind was never disturbed by discontent, by impurity, by anxiety. His converse was always with His Father. Though walking on the earth among sinful men, He really lived in Heaven. All His feelings, desires, affections, and emotions were holy. He always did those things that were pleasing to His Father. If beautiful thoughts make a beautiful soul–then the soul of Jesus was spotlessly, divinely beautiful. And if a beautiful soul makes a beautiful face–then the face of Jesus was transcendently lovely!
Sorrow mars some faces. It need not do so. Only when affliction is not accepted in love and faith–does it leave marks of disfigurement. Sorrow sweetly endured, transfigures the face, giving it new beauty. Jesus was a man of sorrows. But His sorrows only made His face more radiant.
Poverty writes hard lines on some faces. Jesus was poor–He had nowhere to lay His head. But His poverty left no trace on His features–except to make them gentler, kindlier, more sympathetic toward human poverty and need. His face was quiet, calm, serene, heavenly.
by J.R. Miller