To a greater or lesser degree, all of us have something about our looks that we don’t like. When we become preoccupied with it, though, there’s a fancy name for it: Body Dismorphic Disorder. It afflicts people who are so dissatisfied with their appearance that they have a difficult time functioning normally.
Although we can all find something about ourselves we would like to change, here are a couple of biblical truths to help us be satisfied with the way we are put together.
First, we have this comforting assurance: “The Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart” (1 Sam. 16:7). God is far more concerned with how our heart looks than how we look in the mirror.
Second, Psalm 139 reminds us that God formed us (vv.15-16) and that we are “fearfully and wonderfully made” (v.14). God made us the way we are for a reason, and that should give us reason to thank Him.
What’s most important is our relationship with the Lord. If our heart has been cleansed from sin through faith in Jesus and we’re becoming more Christlike in character, in God’s eyes we’re looking good!
God looks not on the outward form
But what is in the heart;
The beauty He is pleased to see,
His Spirit can impart. —Hess
Righteousness in the heart can make any life beautiful.