Beauty Is Passing

In Proverbs 31, King Lemuel records the wise words of his godly mother, “Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, but a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised.” For many of the MTF transgenders, physical beauty and attractiveness is a huge draw … we have trouble with lust, coveting, envy … but part of it may also be the comfort that we remember from our mothers … they were beautiful creatures in our youth. Be that as it may, this fallen and sinful world wants to conform us to its mold, Satan wants to ensnare us in his traps, and our weak flesh is easily attracted to outward beauty.

Proverbs 27 gives us the wisdom of Solomon, “Hell and Destruction are never full; so the eyes of man are never satisfied.” The Apostle John, in 1 John 2 says, “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” The world is constantly bombarding us with sensual advertisements, featuring glamorous women, or what the world defines as beautiful. What we need to get into our hearts and minds is the fact that God defines “beauty” entirely different from the world and our flesh.

Every human being on the face of this planet, that ever existed, that is, or ever will be, is “beautiful” and has “worth” because they are created in the image of God. Nobody is plain in God’s sight. Everyone is an image bearer. Moses says in Genesis 1, “Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness …” ” Even those whose bodies and visages are marred by deformities … even they bear the mark of the Creator. It isn’t just the outer shell of our beings that is important … people aren’t objects … they are living souls with an eternal destiny … they have a mind, an intellect, a personality, a spirit.

We miss all this when we try to mess with our God-given gender. God created us as a complete package … body, soul, spirit, mind … He never intended that we should try to change any of it, no matter what we think might justify us doing so.

In Isaiah 40, the prophet says, “The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever.” So, it is with physical beauty … it withers and fades away … “beauty is passing.”

None of our human “solutions” will last … no matter how hard we try to create a beautiful flower … the person we are trying to hide, cover up, will still be there.