There are many Bible verses about inner beauty that we must teach our daughters.
In this world filled with negative messages about our daughter’s true worth and beauty, we as parents must be vigilant and prayerful as we teach our daughters about their inner beauty and self-worth.
Teaching our Daughters about their Inner Beauty
On April 7, 2015, the beauty company Dove launched an advertising campaign called “Choose Beautiful” .
Representatives from the organization set up campaigns in several countries across the globe.
At each conference location, two signs were placed at the entrance of each door; one labeled “Average” and the other “Beautiful”.
The women who attended the campaign were not told the purpose of each entrance, but were given freedom to choose the door they felt most comfortable walking through.
A camera crew filmed the entrances to see which doors the women walked through.
The choices the women made about which door to walk through were eye-opening.
If you have a tween or teen daughter, there are so many lessons to take away from this video, and it can be a springboard for great conversations about inner beauty and self-worth.
Watch this with her and discuss the results.
Many women stared painfully at each door, struggling to decide which entrance to walk through. Many entered the “Average” door with sheepish looks on their faces, glancing around them to see if anyone noticed that they only viewed themselves as average.
Some women chose to walk through the “Beautiful” door.
They entered with their heads held high and smiles on their faces, as if saying in their hearts, “Yes, I am beautiful. I can walk through this door!”
Which door would you choose? Which door would your daughter choose?
In order to teach our daughters about their inner beauty, we as mothers must believe that we ourselves are beautiful, wonderfully made by our Father in heaven.
Would you shyly slip through the “average” door, or confidently stroll through the one labeled “beautiful”?
Here are seven Bible verses that we can use to teach our daughters about their inner beauty.
Seven Bible Verses About Inner Beauty
“For the LORD sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7
This Scripture is so important, because it teaches us to see others through the eyes of God.
While humans are busy judging others by what they see on the outside, God truly knows the heart of everyone, and we must teach our daughters to look at themselves through the eyes of their Father.
A wife of noble character who can find?
She is worth far more than rubies. Proverbs 31:10
Although this verse talks about a wife, the key to her beauty is in her noble character, which is worth much more than rubies. What is the condition of your daughter’s heart?
Does she display a beautiful character that honors God? That is worth more than all the riches in the world!
Like a gold ring in a pig’s snout is a beautiful woman who shows no discretion. Proverbs 11:22
Ouch. This Scripture always struck me because of the vivid imagery. A beautiful woman with an ugly attitude is no prettier than “Miss Piggy”.
We must teach our daughters that having wisdom and discretion based on the Word of God is more beautiful than what’s on the outside!
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. Psalm 139:14
This Psalm is one of my favorites for teaching my daughters about their inner beauty. We are beautiful because they are fearfully and wonderfully made by our wonderful Creator!
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10
Praise God that we are his wonderful poem, a beautiful work of art– written and crafted by the Author of life Himself!
Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.
1 Peter 3:3-4
This verse isn’t saying that we should not take care of ourselves or look our best. The God of all beauty has no problem with us wearing beautiful clothing and jewelry.
But when we focus on the outward appearance and neglect the beauty of our inner selves, that’s when we need center our hearts on Christ and allow him to transform us from the inside out.
Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Proverbs 31:30
We all know that our physical bodies erode and deteriorate over time–but inwardly, we are daily renewed through the life-giving Word of Christ.
A woman who honors God and reverences his name will have an inward beauty that shines like the morning sun, making her more and more beautiful each day!
Teach your Daughter to Walk through the Beautiful Gate
After you watch the Dove video, you can show your daughter a powerful story in the book of Acts. It describes a man who walked through a door called “beautiful”.
He experienced a life-changing miracle and joyfully entered a door–a glorious gate called Beautiful.
One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer—at three in the afternoon. Now a crippled man from birth was being carried to the temple gate called Beautiful, where he was put every day to beg from those going into the temple courts. (Acts 3:1-2)
The crippled man saw Peter and John about to enter the gate. With downcast eyes and outstretched hands, he begged for alms.
But Peter looked straight at him. Perhaps he saw this man’s pain. His angst. The sheer disdain for his broken body.
The next words that Peter spoke radically changed the course of this man’s life:
“Silver or gold I do not have, but what I have I give to you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” (vs. 6)
Taking him by the right hand, Peter lifted him up. Instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong.
Then the man did the unthinkable–he jumped up to his feet and began to walk!
He went with Peter and John into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God. (Acts 3:6-8)
Do you sense the indescribable joy in this man’s heart? Can you imagine what it must have felt like to finally walk?
There is power in the name of Jesus.
The name of Jesus has the power to reverse every curse, break every chain of bondage, heal every wound, and strengthen the weak.
Finally, after all those years of sitting, he entered the Beautiful gate singing.
Teach your daughter that before we met Jesus, we also lived a life of bondage, crippled by shame and guilt.
But Jesus strengthened our feeble ankles and gave us a firm place to stand.
We are now clothed in his strength and glorious beauty.
Have you entered the Beautiful gate?
Teach your daughter that like the women in the Dove film, two “gates” lay before us.
The “average” gate leads us down a path of defeat. It whispers lies of shame and fear, and ushers in self-doubt and condemnation.
But God beckons us to follow him to the gate called Beautiful–the gate of indescribable joy, peace, healing and freedom.
One day, we will enter another gate—a heavenly gate far more beautiful and glorious.
The apostle John, who witnessed the miraculous healing of the man at the Beautiful gate, was also given a vision of the gates of the New Jerusalem:
It shone with the glory of God, and its brilliance was like that of a very precious jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal. It had a great, high wall with twelve gates, and with twelve angels at the gates. On the gates were written the names of the twelve tribes of Israel. Revelation 21:11-12
What a wondrous picture of the beauty that awaits us! One day our strengthened feet will enter into the precious gates of the Holy City—none of us can begin to fathom what our eyes will behold on the other side!
Our feet will stroll the glimmering street of pure gold, walking, leaping, and praising God forever. Nothing we experience on this earth will ever compare to this kind of glory.
If your daughter is currently struggling with the temporary woes of this world, I pray that you will help her take comfort in the truth that we will one day meet our Savior face to face.
The troubles and pain within our broken earthly bodies will be a distant memory.
Until that glorious day, let’s choose Beautiful.
Our daughters must understand their their inner beauty is not the frivolous, fading beauty of this world, but the transforming, life-altering beauty of our Savior.
Teach her to wrap herself in sparkling garments of splendor, to stand on her strengthened feet, and dance through the Beautiful gate of healing and freedom!
Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; Give thanks to him and praise his name. Psalm 100:4
There are so many Bible verses that we can use to teach our daughters about their inner beauty and self-worth, and we as moms need to make sure that we daily clothe ourselves with the beauty of Christ–they will take their cues from us!
I pray that you and your daughter will choose the beauty of Christ today!