What makes up a beautiful life – a life that does not appear beautiful only outwardly but is pure and lovely even in its very depth?
Here are 7 things:
1) God’s Light is Upon It
A beautiful life starts when the light of God shines upon it through the glorious Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ which it willingly and thankfully embraces.
Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. (Is. 60: 1)
No matter how dark a life has been, but when the true Light shines upon it and it readily surrenders, the glory of God shall be seen upon that life (Is. 60: 2).
A beautiful life reflects the light of the Lord, and the people will see and shall be drawn to it, to the brightness of its rising (Is. 60: 3) – a shining testimony for all the world to behold.
Additional reading: A Light to Others
2) Bears the Fruit of the Spirit
A life that has been redeemed by the blood of Jesus Christ and continues to abide in Him and in His Word begins to bear the fruit of His Spirit. It does not stay stagnant nor barren, but it grows in grace and in the knowledge of the Lord. People will see the change – the “new man” – which is renewed in knowledge after the image of Him that created him (Col. 3:10).
3) Dwells in Love
There is no other, more excellent proof that a life is beautiful than that it breathes love – the love that comes from Love Himself – God.
A love that gives and forgives. A love that is gentle and kind. A love that endures and bears patiently through Christ who strengthens.
A love that speaks with wisdom – words that bring healing and encouragement to one who is weary and needy. A love that earnestly prays, sending blessings to anyone who is weak and lacking, through the abundant grace of God.
It is not proud, or self-seeking, or covetous. But always ready to listen and to reach out.
4) Lives Peaceably with All Men
A life that does not gossip or speak evil of its neighbor. A life that does not judge, condemn, or think evil of others, for it knows that there is One that judges. It does not aggressively contend or promote strife and division, but follows the way of peace, speaking with wisdom that is from above:
A life that exhibits wisdom and strength – and gains honor – through genuine humility.
5) Lives in God’s Word
A life that finds its daily strength and guidance in the Word of God. It meditates on it everyday, feeding on the precious words of life and sharing them to the one who is lost, confused and needing enlightenment, and imparting them to children. It relies on the whole Truth – God’s Word – and does not take heed to “various and strange doctrines” (Heb. 13:9), fables and gossip.
A life that lets the Word examine its heart, letting it speak to the core of its being, so that it will be directed to the perfect will of God.
Additional reading: Life in the Word
6) Seeks God First
A life that does not rush headlong to the agenda and the hustle and bustle of the day, but seeks the Lord’s face first thing upon waking up. A life that bathes in God’s presence, worshiping and honoring Him with all that it has in the beauty of holiness. A life that draws strength and inner peace and joy in its regular holy communion [intimate fellowship, communication] with the Spirit.
A life that exudes calmness – a meek and quiet spirit – even in the midst of confusion or chaos, for its inner being is drenched with the peace and truth of God, steadfastly trusting in Him in any circumstance, for He is its center – wherein it lives, and moves and have its being (Acts 17:28).
Additional reading: Seeking God First
7) Lives in Joy and Thanksgiving
A life that rejoices in the Lord, thanking Him in everything and making life a celebration of His goodness and faithfulness. It does not murmur or complain, but on bended knees, humbly presents its requests to the Lord, full of faith and always with thanksgiving.
A life that is not devoid of troubles, yet it does not fret, but trusts and depends on the faithfulness of God, rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer (Rom. 12:12).