This is a photo of a Peruvian fruit called "aguamante" which in English that is a gooseberry. Seeing this fruit for the first time was funny because my family and I didn’t know what it was a so we called it "a gift fruit" or "a surprise fruit". We called it those things because to us it looked like a gift or a surprise. But it made me think of something that is in the Word says in 1 Peter 3:3-4, "Your beauty should not come from outward adornments, such as elaborate hairstyles, and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God's sight." If you look at the aguamante fruit, the outside it looks rough and not a very enjoyable fruit you would want to eat but when you open it up you see the beautiful fruit that is on the inside. It's a tasty and enjoyable fruit to eat. It is the same way with us and our inner beauty, our outside and physical beauty is wasting away but in Jesus, our inward beauty is being renewed every day (2 Corinthians 4:16). Our inward beauty is what counts (Galatians 6:15) and this applies to everyone, not just women. Men and women have an inner beauty in the eyes of the King of Kings (1 Samuel 16:7), God looks at the condition of your heart as your inner beauty. Being concerned about your outward beauty can be done in vain and that’s something I struggled with being a teenage girl in the world of social media. I was never content with the way I looked on the outside and I was always worried about the outside and what people would think of my outward beauty but now that I have settled my mind and I have put my feet on the neck of the enemy I don’t care what I look like. I now worry about the inner beauty and the condition of my heart because that’s what matters most and I am still making sure the condition of my heart is godly and having the right attitude towards the things of God. God says I am perfect and made in His image (Songs of Solomon 4:7 and Genesis 1:26-27). If people were to look at the aguamante fruit and just focus on the outside appearance everyone would be missing out on the delicious fruit on the inside that God created. Even if someone doesn’t seem to fit the "beauty standards" of the world or social media that shouldn’t matter to you, you have to look at their heart and their inner beauty and how they measure up to the Word of God because remember the inside is what matters most to God, not the outside. So what do you focus on more? The outward beauty or the inner beauty and the condition of your heart?
Yours truly, Jewels