Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, But a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised. (Proverbs 31:30 NKJV)
“Isn’t he charming?”
Most of us know about Prince Charming. Many of us have met him—only to find out he was really a toad. But charm isn’t just exclusive to men. I used to be a pro at charm.
Charm is fleshy, sensual, and demonic. It is usually coupled with beauty. Now I’m not saying beauty is evil, clearly, God created many beautiful things, but when beauty is used as a means of selfish gain, it is charm at work, not godliness.
I used my body to charm guys into succumbing to my selfish will: their desire and affection. This was in turn used against me by many guys who left me heart-broken because hey, God promises you reap what you sow.
Charm is deceptive. It poses as one thing when truly, it’s another. It’s like bait on a sharp hook. It looks nice, moves seductively, but in the end it pierces and fries us.
Beauty indeed fades. As a flower withers and wilts, so do our bodies begin to wrinkle and sag over time.
But a woman who fears the Lord, she will be praised. The beauty of her strong and noble heart never dwindles. She is ever shining with the glorious light of her Savior. No matter how old, she brightens any room and blesses with her presence. What draws others to her is the Spirit of Christ, not some sensual charm or fleeting outer beauty. She is adorned with love, honor, faithfulness, respect, modesty, self-control, truth, kindness, gentleness and wisdom. And unlike the beautiful woman who uses charm to take from others, the Proverbs 31 Woman operates in holiness and lovingly serves others. And for this, she will be praised.
Proverbs 31 Woman Prayer
Heavenly Father, thank You for Your beautiful and powerful word. I pray that like the Proverbs 31 Woman, I operate in the fear of the Lord. May I be renewed in mind always, never using charm or outer beauty to get what I want, or any other method of the world, but honor and glorify You in all I do. In Jesus’ name, amen.