The Clothing of Spiritual Beauty

Posted By on April 5, 2010

Dear ladies, I have a question for you….

What are your clothes saying about you?

The type of clothing I am referring to is not something you can purchase at the local mall. It is not trendy and nor is it always comfortable. You cannot find it on the finest racks at Nordstrom’s or even find it on clearance at any sales. The type of clothing I am referring to is your clothing of spiritual beauty.

The clothing of spiritual beauty is much more beautiful than the cashmere sweaters, the silk dress, the leather skirt, the diamond studded belt—that moth and rust can destroy, for several reasons. Our spiritual clothing is beautiful in the eyes of our Lord for He is the great designer of it—and as others see it, they will see that it is the fruit of God’s work in us.

Now our spiritual clothing is exquisite and looks like this:

love
joy
peace
patience
kindness goodness
faithful
self-control
humility
strength
dignity
courage
forgiveness
meekness
steadfastness
gentleness
quiet
modest
pure
encourages others
always points to God

Very different from this kind of clothing:

loud
selfish
angry
irritated
revengeful
lustful
self-centered
greedy
discontent
slanderous
unforgiving
bitterness
vain
hatred
jealousy
murder
malice
self-seeking
prideful
discourages others
always points to self

You can see the garments of spiritual beauty on a woman because it is very evident. Her clothing is in full view for others to see even while it is spiritual. It is seen in her conduct (how she carries herself), in her eyes, in her words and in her works. She possesses something that others do not and carries the spirit of the Lord with her. When I see these attributes in a woman it is hard not to notice. She is a rare gem and treasure that my heart desires to aspire to. I pray the Lord would help me to cultivate this type of fine spiritual clothing, though not to receive approval from man, but to be pleasing in God’s sight.

The latter list of apparel is wretched. It defiles us and steals glory from God. It comes thundering in the spirit of Satan—loud, debaucherous, slanderous, and prideful. It seeks only self-gain and is quite deceptive especially to the person who wears them. It seeks to conquer, kill and destroy–much like the designer who designed it— and yes, I said DESTROY. Not just destroy those around but the very person who wears the pseudo raiment.

And as a last word….sometimes are we not like trees that look full from afar but when you get up close they are empty? Or maybe we look like bowls of lush, fresh fruit but when you get up close we only find in dismay that is only wax? I am speaking here of authenticity. We can look like we are wearing the spiritual clothing that God has designed for us to our neighbors, on Sunday dressed in our Sunday best, at our women’s Bible studies, etc., but are we sadly like the bowl of fruit that when people get closer find that we are not whom we portrayed ourselves to be?????

God’s word is the final word on the matter of our authentic spiritual clothing:

“Therefore as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.” Colossians 3:12

What will you pull out of your spiritual wardrobe today?

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About The Author

June Fuentes is the happy wife to Steve and blessed homeschooling mother to eight beautiful children that they are raising for the Lord. She has a heart to see mothers all around the world grasp the vision of biblical motherhood and to see this noble role restored in the 21st century to the glory of God. June strongly believes that weak homes equate a weak nation and therefore blogs at A Wise Woman Builds Her Home to minister to Christian women on how to build up strong Christian homes. She is also the owner of the popular blog, Raising Homemakers, and is the author of the encouraging eBook, True Christian Motherhood. She is the founder of Wise Woman Consulting, her service to teach women how to successfully make money blogging at home and a consultant for Lilla Rose, where you can find unique and beautiful hair products. Together with her husband and dear friends, they are planting a church in the Midwest. She would love for you to join her on the journey to biblical womanhood on Facebook and Twitter at @wisewomanbuilds.

Comments

3 Responses to “The Clothing of Spiritual Beauty”

  1. Julianne says:

    This is such a great reminder for me! The good and bad lists are very convicting, definitely something that I need to read often.
    Thanks,
    Julianne

  2. JoyAlison says:

    Thank you, June! I love this post and I am going to print it out as a reminder!! I am always encourage and inspired whenever I read one of your posts.
    Blessings to you today!
    Joy
    http://www.sahmissionary.blogspot.com

  3. Janet says:

    Thank you June for the lovely post. Wish I’d had this around when I was a young Christian wife.
    Keep up the good work, I’m new here and looking forward to more great posts.
    Janet W.

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