Is it okay for Christian women to wear make-up?

200334975-001Many young Christian women today will eventually ask themselves this question, “Is it okay in the eyes of God for me to wear make-up?” It is a tough question for Christian women. There are many verses in the Bible that strongly suggest women who cake on their make-up and wear flashy jewelry are promoting sin by encouraging lust. Though this is very true, the Bible also states that women should simply use moderation when they are adorning themselves, the Bible does not expressly forbid it! I am sure God wants you to feel good about yourself and to feel beautiful but the key is modesty.

Many young girls today are interested in learning to become a makeup artist, or study cosmetology, and they experience little to no discomfort over the matter, but for the devout Christian woman this can be a very difficult decision. If you wanted to pursue an education in fashion or cosmetology, just make sure that you go forth with Godliness and good intention in your heart and teach other young women how to enhance their beauty modestly and in a way that is not offensive to God. In fact, we need more women willing to light the way for young girls these days and show them that beauty isn’t always about sex or vanity, beauty is not just about your outer looks but it is in fact mostly if not entirely about your inner self. Go forth and teach young women how to respect themselves on the inside, and to express themselves modestly on the outside. This will no doubt please God, especially in today’s society where lust and vanity is everywhere we turn. It feels impossible to escape!

Remember, God knows your heart and he knows your true intentions. Pursue beauty not for lust or envy but with the intention of enhancing the softness of your personality and the love in your heart. Use modest natural colors to bring out the glow of your God given features, make yourself look more loving and approachable. Do not go forth with the intention of looking like a Jezebel!

Find a healthy way to express your beauty, without giving into vanity, lust or envy. To be envious of another woman’s beauty, say in a magazine or on television, can often make a young impressionable woman copy that style without considering what God thinks about the matter. Women also do their make-up often with the intention of sexually attracting a mate and this quite simply promotes lust which we must avoid. You should seek love, kindness and acceptance in a partner, and attract them with those qualities as well. Do not use your looks to manipulate a man into wanting to be your partner.

Vanity and pride can also be two very big motivating factors in why a woman would want to wear make-up so. Be very mindful of these things and always keep modesty in mind.

Always in your heart seek to please God first and foremost. You will not be led astray if your intentions are pure.

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