Tag: Beauty

Christmas Breezes

A.W. Tozerby A.W. Tozer

She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins. Matthew 1:21

For those nations of the earth which have known the story of Jesus, Christmas is undoubtedly the most beautiful time of the year.

Though the celebration of the Savior’s birth occurs in the dead of winter, when in many parts of the world the streams are frozen and the landscapes cold and cheerless, still there is beauty at the Christmas season–not the tender beauty of spring flowers or the quiet loveliness of the full-blown summer, or yet the sad sweet graces of autumn colors. It is beauty of another kind, richer, deeper and more elevating, that beauty which considerations of love and mercy bring before the mind.

Though we are keenly aware of the abuses that have grown up around the holiday season, we are still not willing to surrender this ancient and loved Christmas Day to the enemy. Though those purer emotions which everyone feels at Christmas are in most hearts all too fleeting, yet it is something that a lost and fallen race should pay tribute, if only for a day, to those higher qualities of the mind–love and mercy and sacrifice and a life laid down for its enemies. While men are able to rise even temporarily to such heights, there is hope that they have not yet sinned away their day of grace. A heart capable of admiring and being touched by the story of the manger birth is not yet abandoned, however sinful it may be. There is yet hope in repentance.

by A.W. Tozer

Appearing Beautiful Or Being Beautiful

Jonathan Cahnby Jonathan Cahn

1 Peter 3:4 says, “Women are to have a quiet spirit.” The Greek word there means, undisturbed. Are you disturbed? It’s not beautiful. What does God find beautiful or ugly? When you’re disturbed, upset, or angry, it’s not a beautiful thing. When you’re a bitter person, filled with fear, discontent, frustrated, and never satisfied, that’s not beautiful. A person who’s in conflict with others, jealous, full of self-pity, always

Are you disturbed? It’s not beautiful. What does God find beautiful or ugly? When you’re disturbed, upset, or angry, it’s not a beautiful thing. When you’re a bitter person, filled with fear, discontent, frustrated, and never satisfied, that’s not beautiful. A person who’s in conflict with others, jealous, full of self-pity, always worrying, that’s not beautiful either. All these things are different ways of being disturbed. God calls us to have an undisturbed spirit. Start becoming truly beautiful by adorning yourself with an undisturbed spirit of peace, joy, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, contentment and blessing. We’re all called to be part of the bride. Cultivate a spirit that doesn’t get upset so easily, doesn’t get anxious, or bent out of shape, full of crisis, and fearful. Keep yourself in Messiah’s shalom by resting in His love. You’ll not only have peace, blessings, and contentment, but it’ll be something else. You’ll be beautiful to God.

Today’s Mission – Today seek not to look beautiful – but to be truly beautiful in God’s Spirit.

by Jonathan Cahn