Why Looks Don’t Tell The Whole Story!

Like a gold ring in a pigโ€™s snout is a beautiful woman who shows no discretion. Proverbs 11:22 NIV

What purpose does it serve to waste a gold ring to put through a pig’s snout? Does the gold ring make the pig more desirable or more precious? When a man sees a beautiful woman who exercises no discretion at all–with everything exposed–does she become more desirable or more distasteful?

If all we have to offer anyone is our looks–then we are indeed in sad shape. Not everything that looks good–is good and by the same benchmark–not everything that is unappealing is bad. What should really matter is the inner person–their character–not their looks.

I’ve met some rather plain-looking people and some who were physically unattractive, but were the most beautiful people I’ve ever met. I’ve also met some really good-looking people–on the outside–but so hateful and full of themselves that I could hardly wait to get away from them.ย  That adage about not judging a book by its cover is applicable to much of what we do in life–especially in seeking a wife or husband.

But the truth of the matter is-no matter how a person dresses up their outside–with make-up, surgical procedures, etc. –if there is no character development on the inside they are still without much value. Dressing up the pig won’t change what it is–and neither will any other procedure change what a person really is.

I’ve been appalled by the number of stories I’ve read in which a person was brutally beaten or killed by another (usually a man) because the victim was masquerading as a woman and when the man discovered the true identity–they felt betrayed and humiliated and reacted to the situation without thinking. This happens far too often and the simplest solution is for people to stop trying to be something they are not–misleading with their looks–inviting anger directed at them.

There are some things we can realistically prevent–and I’m not promoting brutally for betrayal–I’m simply encouraging people to stop trying to fool people. When we parade ourselves as one thing when we’re another–we’re setting ourselves up to be attacked–physically and spiritually!

And so too are pretentious Christians–who carry their big bible, wear the biggest crosses, mouth more, “Hallelujahs” and “Praise The Lords” than most of us can count and yet–they’ll cuss someone out at the drop of a pin. They never pray for anyone and are always asking others to pray for them. They never help anyone and always expect someone to help them. They go to church, but not to hear a word, but to spout words against everyone who walks into the building–they are always complaining and never happy about anything.

On the other hand, the ones who quietly see to the needs of others even when they don’t have all of their needs met, always smiling encouragement, always have a hug or light touch trying to comfort others when they need to be comforted–this is the real Christian and they don’t have to shout it or try to parade it. Most of us know who they are.

So–what do our looks tell people? Do they tell our whole story or is it just a facade–and we’re hoping no one will ever see the real person behind the facade?

 

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10 thoughts on “Why Looks Don’t Tell The Whole Story!

  1. Thank you for posting! What we see on the outside, or what people portray of themselves, definitely does not always reveal the whole story. It takes the grace of God inside our hearts to shine from the inside out to radiate His love to others, and much discernment to be able to look past appearances toward the fruits of the spirit that are or are not present in the lives of those around us.

    People sometimes will call this discernment being “judgmental.” I see it as an opportunity to pray for their particular need.

    Have a blessed and loving day:-)
    Bernadette

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    • I was reading through Proverbs waiting for Holy Spirit to speak and 11:22 is what snared my attention. Too many assess value on external appearances. This is how people get hurt in churches when they judge what they see rather than discern the ruling spirit in the place. Satan reigns in too many churches today and I believe this why the Body of Christ has been deceived on many levels. Love you!

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  2. Amen! Guess every church has a few TOO MANY ๐Ÿ˜ž It’s discouraging when we see more of this type of people, especially in our own churches. I’m not staring that any of us are perfect, but I do believe that some prioritize their relationship with Christ a lot more than others. We are commanded to LOVE one another. Sometimes it can be very hard to understand people. I know we all are human, but we are called to a higher standard as Christians. The song says “if your happy and you know it then your face will surely know it”…I tell you sometimes people get envious of someone when they are happy and trying to find where God wants to use them.
    Your right pretty on the outside does not mean pretty on the inside. We sent to judge, but we are to be fruit inspectors…we are to pray for those people who mean us harm…tough to do but He commands it. Lord, please help us to love others as you would have us do๐Ÿค•๐Ÿ™‚๐ŸŽˆ

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