Beauty from Ashes

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Real beauty isn’t about a finished or flawless product. It can’t be. It’s not possible on this side of eternity to have completed beauty. Our restoration will be complete in the presence of God when we see Him face to face. “And I am convinced and sure of this very thing, that He Who began a good work in you will continue until the day of Jesus Christ [right up to the time of His return], developing [that good work] and perfecting and bringing it to full completion in you~~Philippians 1:6

Now, you might be saying, “But I can’t be beautiful, you don’t know what I’ve done…or what I’ve been through…or what I’m going through!”

My friends, God knows where you have been, what you have been through, and where you are now. He knows what your flaws are and loves you in spite of your imperfections. His tender love is far-reaching and complete. Your past sins do not define you. Your painful scars do not define you. Your present sufferings do not define you.

They are just shards of brokenness that God will use to lovingly refine your beauty. The transformation from broken into beautiful is neither easy nor instantaneous. It demands a yielded heart and can be quite painful, but it comes with great reward. God will need your broken pieces—your scars, shame, insecurities, disappointments, betrayals, and failures.

Do you have some of those? Are they tucked away in a safe, do-not-enter part of your heart? You might find it hard to hand over hurts. I get that. It’s hard for all us too. But difficult as it may be, it’s time to hand them over and let our masterful Lord create a stunning work of beauty in you. And He’s going to need all of your broken pieces to complete the restoration.

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