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Charm is deceptive and beauty is vain, but a woman that fears the LORD shall be praised. (Pro.31:30).

Solomon, in his wisdom, says that charm is indeed deceptive and the outward beauty is in vain, because, as one ages, it will start disappearing. Also, outward beauty can be deceptive because it may not reflect the darkness in one’s soul. However, the true beauty in a woman lies in the attitude of her heart towards God and His commandments, and she shall be praised because she fears the LORD.

Being a woman myself, I ask all women to introspect and ask ourselves, are we really living a life that is praiseworthy? Are we really pleasing God with our conduct, with our words and with our clothing? Being God’s children, God expects us to live the way He wants us to. But sadly, our love for God has grown cold and we have forgotten and left our first love for God. We are more concerned about our outward appearance, our money, our job, etc, and have forgotten that it’s God who has provided us everything. We worry more about how people perceive us and what people think of us rather than what God thinks of our behaviour. Thus slowly we tend to become people pleasers rather than God pleasers. Galatians 1: 10 says, “Am I now seeking the favour of men, or of God? Or am I striving to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a bond-servant of Christ”.

We are more interested in worldly things than in Godly things; that’s why we see that, instead of the church going out into the world and influencing it, the culture of the world is slowly creeping into the church. We dress immodestly like the world does, use foul language like the world, get yoked with unbelievers, seek worldly pleasures, etc. We imitate the world more than being imitators of Christ. Have we forgotten that we are in the world, but not of the world? (Jn.15:19). We have been set apart by God for His purpose. Have we forgotten that we are the temple of God and that the Holy Spirit dwells in us? We are either alive in the Spirit or are dead in the Spirit. If we say that we are alive in the Spirit, then will we continue to imitate the world? Wouldn’t we try to live a life that is pleasing to God, and live a life that reflects the God we serve to this dying world?

These are the things that we need to ponder upon. As the day of the Lord is coming nearer, let us be like the wise virgins who were ready with their lamps and were waiting for the bridegroom so that when the day of the Lord comes, we won’t be ashamed but will be ready to go with Him and dwell with Him. Let us not be caught napping like the foolish virgins who, thinking that the bridegroom is tarrying, didn’t fill oil in their lamps. Let us not deceive ourselves into thinking that just because we are holding the empty lamps, that the Lord will be coming to take us with Him. The foolish virgins were not prepared for the coming of their Lord and Saviour. It will be so scary to hear those dreaded words from our Lord “I never knew you”.

We are living in the End of End Times. While we still have our breath, let’s not take this life for granted. Let’s run this race well and finish well. Let’s fear God and let us also love God with all our heart, with all our soul, with all our strength and with all our mind. How much we love God will show in our obedience to Him and all His commands.

God bless.

~ Blessy John

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