Mar 21, 2016 by Will Maule

Piper: "A Beautiful Woman Is a Person, Not a Body"

Where does true beauty lie? The world tends to put the overwhelming emphasis on looks. But is this what we believe as Christians? Should we be focusing more on the actual person, rather than their outward appearance? John Piper at gives us his view on this subject.

“God, I want to see people, not bodies. Help me,” Piper says. He encourages both men and women to focus more on their character than the clothes and makeup that cover them.  In particular reference to women, he remarks "Let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart, with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit. If “quiet” has a negative connotation for you, try the word “serene,” or “tranquil.”

"Power-dressing" is a common thing these days. Whether it is a smart suit, a tight-fitting dress or some sort of bold wardrobe choice, there are undercurrents of power-wielding in what we wear. Often this relates to seeking attention from others. But does true power and beauty come from somewhere beyond ourselves? "Power is in a person, in a heart. In a person or heart that is gentle, like returning good for evil, with mighty resolve not to do any more than Jesus did when he hung on the cross."

“The holy women who hoped in God . . . ” There’s the key. Do you hope in your husband’s approval? Do you hope in your husband’s conversion? Do you hope in men around you liking what they see? Or do you hope in God?"

Watch this short message from John Piper below.

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