Monday, June 25, 2007
A Beautiful Countenance
In our home we are learning about how a beautiful countenance brings glory to God. Here are somethings we have learned about it: 1. Joyfulness is commanded in the Bible 2. We are to be adorned in the beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit 3. God noticed, cared and called people into account over their countenance (ex: Cain's countenance had fallen and God wanted to know why) 4. Being aware of our countenance entails self-control and awareness. 5. A beautiful countenance is a result of a peaceful, contented and happy heart. Here is a list I found of eight attitudes that can mar the countenance: 1. Pride (Psalm 10:4) 2. Anger (Genesis 4:5) 3. Bitterness (Genesis 31:1-2) 4. Fear (Daniel 5:5) 5. Sensuality (Proverbs 6:25) 6. Rebellion (Proverbs 30:17) 7. Guilt (Ezra 9:6-7) 8. Selfishness (Proverbs 23:6) A beautiful countenance brings attention to the face and spirit not to our body parts. A smile can bring peace, warmth and joy into the home, to our husbands and children more than anything else possible could. I know there have been days that I have carried a sour look on my face, sometimes unknowingly, but I would like to 'train myself for the purpose of godliness' and even make sure that this area in my life is being well governed. Sometimes I think it is harder for teenage girls because they have many emotions they experience and do not understand them all, but still it is good for them to learn at an early age about self-government and learn to carry themselves well. It can be challenging but the end result which is pleasing to God is definitely worth the effort.