[Your beauty] should be that of your inner self.
—1 Peter 3:4
Physical beauty isn’t a vice, but it is a danger—to both the one who has it and the one who observes it. The one who has it is susceptible to arrogance and pride. The one who observes it is vulnerable to lust or envy.
We are inclined to judge both ourselves and others by the superficial—by how we look, what we wear, what we drive, where we live.
If we score high, we are in danger of looking down on those who don’t. If others score high, we are in danger of considering them more valuable than those who don’t.
It is “the beauty that comes from within” that God values (1 Pt 3:4).
True worth isn’t on the surface,
but beneath it.