Most people have said this phrase, or at least heard this said, at some time in their life. Sometimes it is a statement of recognizing different opinions. Sometimes as a way of encouraging people not to judge. Or the opposite, said in sarcasm, implying strong judgment. The power in the words we use is in how we say them and when we choose to say them. Especially when we use them in reference to human beings.
Behold. A word not used very often in our modern culture. An attention-getting word used to introduce Jesus in John 1:6 “and he looked at Jesus as he walked by and said, Behold, the Lamb of God!’
We are all beholders, are we not? What beauty are you beholding, observing? So much is determined by the understanding of the meanings of words. Beauty truly can mean one thing to someone and something different to another person. Confirming the statement that the concept of beholding beauty is individualized and specific. Perhaps a spiritual view of profound beauty in humankind can ease a troubled place in your heart. Genesis 1:27 (ESV): So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.
I’ll take that definition of beauty any day. To know that I was created in God’s own image! Even if by the standards of mankind I am not considered a beauty to behold, I know that in the eyes of God, I am beautiful. Because what He created He saw as good, and all good things come from God above. Good news, that holds true for you as well!
My physical makeup may not be considered attractive to someone based on their culture, their personal favor, or social influences. That can seem harsh, but it is not devastating because I know in God’s eyes I am beautiful. I know also, that time diminishes even the greatest of physical beauty, and there is a far better beauty waiting for me in eternity, more than I could ever hope to have here on earth.
So, when I hear Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder, I have to smile, because I know that the One who beholds me is, above all others, the one I desire to find me pleasing.
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