Class 21: Let God Make You Beautiful from the Inside Out (Part 1)
Today, we are beginning a new study titled, LET GOD MAKE YOU BEAUTIFUL FROM THE INSIDE OUT.
Allow me to begin with a word from Alberta Lee Cox: “It is not enough to be good if you have the ability to be better.”
Now, please pull out your text and your digital study guide or follow along on the screen. First, I will read the entire corresponding letter from the book, Letters to Young Black Women. Then we will proceed with this lesson:
Dear Daughters & YBW:
At the writing of this note, I am alone in my recliner thinking of how God has blessed me with so many beautiful and healthy children. I really thank the Lord for each one of you, and for the natural beauty that He has given to each of you.
Even though I think that your mother is a beautiful woman, I have had to talk with her from time to time about things that make her ugly. These things make all people ugly, no matter how pretty they are. What are some of the things that make us ugly?
- Lying and Dishonesty. At the top of the list is lying. Sweethearts, nothing will make you uglier in the sight of people than telling lies and being dishonest. Tell the truth no matter how much it might hurt. The Bible says in Proverbs 12:19: “The lip of truth shall be established for ever: but a lying tongue is but for a moment.” Yes, the old adage is true: “HONESTY IS THE BEST POLICY.”
- A Bad Spirit and Attitude. Contrary to what so many people believe, I believe that we can control our attitudes and our spirits. The Bible states in Proverbs 25:28 that: “He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.” In other words, I believe that by a simple decision, we can control our attitudes and our spirits, no matter what the circumstances, and no matter how we feel physically or emotionally. Your moods and your feelings should not rule how you respond to your family, friends, and others. Have a sweet, beautiful spirit, and people will love to be around you.
- An Uncontrollable Tongue. Now, my dad, Daniel Whyte, Jr., was the most loving man that I have ever met, but I can still hear him, hollering from the back room, from time to time, to my mother when they were fussing back and forth about something, “Shirley, your mouth is going to get your behind in trouble.” Oh! How many people have allowed their uncontrollable tongues to get them in trouble. The Bible speaks about this in the book of James: James 3: 5 & 8 says, “And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell…But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.”
Oh! How terrible is a lying tongue. Oh! How terrible is a bad attitude and spirit. Oh! How terrible is an uncontrollable tongue.
Sweethearts, choose to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth at all times. Determine to have a cheerful and joyful spirit at all times and in all circumstances. And choose by the grace of God to control your tongue in every situation. If you do so, you will be beautiful from the inside out.
Yours for Being Beautiful from the Inside Out,
Now, please follow along as we begin our study:
God made all people beautiful and good in His sight. However, sin and the consequences of sin make our lives ugly on the inside and on the outside. How can we avoid some of the things that make us ugly? Let’s look at lying and dishonesty.
- Lying is one of the six sins God hates and one of the seven sins He calls an abomination.
Proverbs 6:16-19 says, “These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.”
Notice in this passage that God mentions the sin of lying twice — “a lying tongue” and “a false witness that speaketh lies.” Lying cannot be overlooked because God does not overlook it. One of the reasons God hates lying so much is because it destroys relationships, hurts lives, and betrays trust. A lie can ruin a relationship within seconds, and restoring trust can take years. God is a God of truth and He wants His children to be people of truth. When you say something or do something, it should be honest and truthful. If you want to be beautiful from the inside out, you cannot engage in the sin of lying.
- Lying leads to a life of hiding things and deception and causes people not to trust you.
Proverbs 12:19 says, “The lip of truth shall be established for ever: but a lying tongue is but for a moment.”
When we lie once, if we do not confess it and intentionally, by the power of the Holy Spirit, seek to forsake it, we will keep on lying and it will become a stronghold in our lives. In order to not allow lying to become a stronghold in our lives, we need to establish a lip of truth. A lip of truth means we say what we mean and mean what we say. We don’t shuck and jive, we don’t talk out of both sides of our mouths, or say things that are untruthful in the slightest. By the way, there is no such thing as a white lie or a little lie. Lying is a serious matter. If we want people to trust us, we should tell the truth at all times. When we are truthful, we can be joyful and at peace knowing that our yes is yes and our no is no to the glory of God.
- Lying does harm to your mind and causes stress to your body.
Lying requires a lot of work. When you lie, you have to keep on remembering what you said and how you said it before. When you tell the truth, you just remember what happened and can repeat the same thing. Lying takes up too much energy and time. Lying, like any bad or sinful habit, causes anxiety, stress, and can lead to depression. Depression often leads to suicide and can take a great toll on the body and the mind. Take a lie detector test for example: These tests cannot determine whether what a person is SAYING is a lie, but they do pick up signs of stress and anxiety on the individual who is talking or answering. The body’s reaction helps the operator of the test determine whether a person is lying. Yes, the old adage is true: “HONESTY IS THE BEST POLICY.” It’s not only best for righteousness’ sake, but it is also best for your mind, heart, and body.
In our next class, we will continue our study, “LET GOD MAKE YOU BEAUTIFUL FROM THE INSIDE OUT”.
Friedrich Nietzsche said, “I’m not upset that you lied to me, I’m upset that from now on I can’t believe you.”
Now, like many of you, I grew up in a very religious and church-going family, and during that time, I often heard the phrase “Being Saved.” Now, much of what church people said “being saved” was back then especially, in my community, is wrong according to the Bible. I wrote an article about it titled “On ‘Being Saved’ in Black America” which is available for you to read free of charge on our website, gospellightsociety.com. Right now, I want to share with you very briefly what the Bible says “being saved” really is.
First, understand that you need to be saved because you are a sinner. Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, understand that a horrible punishment — eternal Hell — awaits those who are not saved. In Matthew 25:41, Jesus Christ said that God will say to those who are not saved, “depart from me ye cursed into everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels.”
Third, realize that God loves you very much and wants to save you from Hell. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” If you want to be saved from Hell and be guaranteed a home in Heaven, simply believe in Jesus Christ, that He died, was buried, and rose from the dead for your sins, and then call upon Him in prayer and ask Him to save your soul. And believe me, He will.
Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” That is the most important decision you will ever make.
God bless you and keep you until we meet for our next class.