Class 22: Let God Make You Beautiful from the Inside Out (Part 2)
Today, we are continuing our study titled, LET GOD MAKE YOU BEAUTIFUL FROM THE INSIDE OUT.
Allow me to begin with a word from Martha Bolton: “Sometimes when we’re waiting for God to speak, He’s waiting for us to listen.”
Now, please pull out your text and your digital study guide or follow along on the screen. First, I will read a portion of the corresponding letter from the book, Letters to Young Black Women. Then we will proceed with this lesson.
What are some of the things that make us ugly?
2. 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.
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 a bad spirit and attitude.
- A bad spirit and attitude hurts your relationship with others.
Many people believe that everyone should be accepted just the way they are, and allowed to do what they think is right for them to the neglect of solid truths that are right for everybody in the world. Contrary to this belief, people often ruin their own relationships (and their own lives and opportunities) by having a negative attitude towards other people. All people should be loved and respected, but people do not want to, nor should they have to, put up with a person who has a bad attitude and a consistently negative outlook on life. Your attitude affects other people. You should never be responsible for making others feel sad and depressed around you because when you do this, you contribute to the misery of others.
- A bad spirit and attitude means a life out of control.
Proverbs 25:28 says, “He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.”
Imagine a country with no law and order, no sense of justice or punishment for evil. Imagine a city that is broken down and without walls. It has no protection. There are no boundaries. Enemies can enter the city at will because it’s an easy target. There are no rules, everyone who lives in this city is allowed to do what they want, when they want to. A person who has no control of their attitude and their spirit easily gets angry, gives in to her own evil inclinations, lives based upon feelings, listens to no one, and resorts to bitterness and resentment when she cannot have her way. God is a God of order and control. He has created us to also be orderly and in control of our lives including our attitude. When we rule our spirit, this means we keep it in check; we control it. When it tries to get out of line, we whip it back into shape. A good attitude often constitutes an orderly mind and a positive life.
- A bad spirit and attitude produces negative effects which contributes to a negative life
Proverbs 23:7 says, “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he…”
Some people have taken this verse to mean many things. However, what this verse is basically saying is that the kind of attitude you have and the kind of thoughts you think is how your life is going to be. Every cause has an effect. A bad spirit and attitude automatically produces bad life. Some people think it is the other way around, but that is not the case. If I were to go bowling and I tossed the ball and it hit some pins, those pins would fall from the impact of the ball, and would effectively cause the other pins around them to fall. So it is with life. A bad attitude in one area often extends out to every area of life. A bad attitude often produces bad circumstances.
In our next class, we will continue our study, “LET GOD MAKE YOU BEAUTIFUL FROM THE INSIDE OUT”.
Edmond Mbiaka said, “There is nothing uglier than a very beautiful face with an ugly heart.”
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.