UCB Word For You 5th February 2022 | Inner qualities
UCB Word For You Saturday 5 February 2022 | Inner qualities
Welcome to UCB Word For You Saturday 5 February 2022 remain bless as you study God’s word. Please share with others.
TOPIC: INNER QUALITIES
SCRIPTURE: ‘Our physical body is becoming older and weaker, but our spirit inside us is made new every day.’ –2 Corinthians 4:16 NCV
Every day we’re bombarded by the ‘ideal’ way to look. Whether it’s on social media, adverts, celebrity news, and so on, there are so many things and places that can reinforce the idea that our value comes from the way we look.
There’s nothing wrong with us trying to look our best and taking care of ourselves if we’re doing it from the perspective of appreciating God’s creation. The problem comes when our appearance turns into a source of pride and makes us take our focus away from God. There’s so much more to us than our clothes, hairstyle, and body shape. It’s a mistake to focus on the outside and not appreciate and cultivate the unseen qualities God’s given us.
When God made you, He didn’t just decorate the outside; He gave you ‘inner beauty, the gentle, gracious kind that God delights in’ (1 Peter 3:4 MSG). Paul reminds us, ‘What we see will last only a short time, but what we cannot see will last forever’ (2 Corinthians 4:18 NCV).
It’s a gentle reminder that our looks aren’t lasting, but our inner qualities are. Paul was described like this: ‘in person he is unimpressive and his speaking amounts to nothing’ (2 Corinthians 10:10 NIV). But while his physical appearance wasn’t notable, what he will be remembered for are these words: ‘I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now, a crown is being held for me – a crown for being right with God. The Lord, the judge who judges rightly, will give the crown on that day – not only to me but to all those who have waited with love for him to come again’ (2 Timothy 4:7-8 NCV). So today, let’s focus on our inner, not our outer, qualities.
Each time you do something to enhance your appearance, like brushing your hair or putting on jewellery, pray that your inner qualities would shine even more brightly and reflect aspects of God’s character to those around you.
Bible Reading: Exodus 25-26, Matthew 20:17-34