Do You Have a Pretty Heart?

Erin Davis 07/21/09 | Twitter: @ErinGraffiti
Category: Myself ; 24 comments

girl with heartOne of the most revealing passages regarding God's view of beauty can be found in 1 Samuel 16:1–13. This is one of my favorite stories in Scripture, and it has a lot to say about what God desires from each of us.

As the story begins, we realize that it's time to anoint a new king of Israel. God has charged the prophet Samuel with the task of finding the new king. What criteria should he use? How should he decide who gets to lead God's chosen people?

Should he crown the most talented man in the land? Should the bravest general become king? Does the new king need to have a certain look? Believe it or not, the answers to these questions reveal much about the way God feels about you.

Check it out.

In his search for the next king, Samuel heads to the house of Jesse. When he arrives, Samuel asks to see Jesse's sons. The oldest son comes into the room to greet Samuel. He is handsome and strong, but the Lord tells Samuel that he will not be king.

Then the Lord speaks the most amazing words. He says, "Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart" (1 Samuel 16:7, emphasis added).

My question for you is, do you have a pretty heart? Is it full of love for others and passion for the things of God or is your heart preoccupied with worldly beauty and the affirmation of man? Do you desire the kind of beauty given and acknowledged by God or the kind of beauty provided and applauded by the world around you?

I'm not saying that outer beauty is bad. You don't have to hide under a paper bag or stop taking care of yourself. But that's not the source of your worth. Your beauty is God-given. Your hair, your eyes, your skin, and your figure are all gifts from God's hand. But how often do we trade in our God-given beauty for the pale imitation of beauty that comes from seeking to please the world? How often do we use our beauty to draw others toward us instead of toward Christ? How often are we motivated by the approval of man, causing us to forget that God doesn't look at the things man looks at?

God is pleased by your beauty. By His creation He gives us permission to be beautiful.
But His standards are clear: "The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart."

Portions of this post are taken from Erin's book, Graffiti: Learning to See the Art in Ourselves. You can learn more about this book at


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    on Tuesday, July 21, 2009 at 1:14 am
    Wow, I had honestly never really thought of that passage in that way specifically... thanks for sharing!
    on Tuesday, July 21, 2009 at 10:01 am
    This was a great article! I've been struggling to continue letting my inner beauty shine through, so this was a much needed article!!!!
    on Tuesday, July 21, 2009 at 10:45 am
    This is absolutely true! I don't really know why but, this verse is always a great encouragment to me. Thanks again, Erin!
    Thanks Erin!
    on Tuesday, July 21, 2009 at 11:13 am
    I needed that today, thanks!
    on Tuesday, July 21, 2009 at 11:53 am
    Wow, what a challenge. I taught this verse as a bible lesson once, but I never thought of it like that. And it is so true. I have meet other girls who were very beautiful, but once they opened their mouths, they weren't so pretty anymore. And I have meet people who by the world's standards weren't that great looking, but when they started talking God's love flowed out of them. They are the most beautiful people I know. Thank you, Erin for the challenge to make my heart pretty.
    on Tuesday, July 21, 2009 at 12:00 pm
    thanks for posting this! i really need to hear that! =)
    on Tuesday, July 21, 2009 at 3:56 pm
    that was great!! I needed that alot, Thanks!
    Hannah Joy
    So True!
    on Tuesday, July 21, 2009 at 5:18 pm
    During my dev.s the Lord's been showing this to me in different words. It's so true!!!! Thanks for what you said. I see what He's been telling me in a more clear way. Thanks!
    on Tuesday, July 21, 2009 at 7:24 pm
    Thanks bunches for the post! I haven't heard that bible story for a long time! And even when I did hear it before, I never thought of it in that way!
    It was a great reminder that I need to look at the heart in everyone! Sometimes it is soooooo hard!
    on Tuesday, July 21, 2009 at 10:48 pm
    Thank you! I needed that today. :)
    thanks so much!!!!!!!
    on Wednesday, July 22, 2009 at 12:13 am
    that made me feel so good
    on Wednesday, July 22, 2009 at 12:16 am
    i think i have a pretty heart even though i do not show it somrtimes i am still workig on it pary 4 me
    on Wednesday, July 22, 2009 at 2:22 am
    This was such great encouragement!! Thank you so much! I've been struggling with these things so much lately, it seems like everywhere I turn I face a new struggle, but with God's help my heart will be "pretty."
    on Wednesday, July 22, 2009 at 1:31 pm
    Yea I totally agree and right when I read that verse I thought that I needed to like put it in my room or something like that.
    on Wednesday, July 22, 2009 at 3:44 pm
    You I needed to hear that right now
    on Thursday, July 23, 2009 at 1:14 pm
    that was really amazing!! It helped keep me acountable.....
    That really helped
    on Friday, July 24, 2009 at 10:13 am
    Thanks for that spiritual uplifting. I've never felt good about myself,because my family made fun of me. But with that Verse right there that gave me all the help I needed and more!!!Lotsa-luv & Lotsa-hugs
    thanks so much!!!!
    on Sunday, July 26, 2009 at 6:00 pm
    thanks so much. i really needed that. i have had a hard time tryng to feel okay about myself and what others think of me.
    Len Arbuckle
    Thanks from Dad
    on Monday, August 3, 2009 at 3:58 am
    What an encouragement your site is! I am going to share this website with my almost 14 year old daughter. She hasn't a clue about the way boys respond to how she dresses. Thank you so much for being a servant and giving such good advice!
    pretty heart
    on Tuesday, October 27, 2009 at 2:06 pm
    i have definitely been more concerned lately about what i look like on the outside instead of the inside. this was a great reminder
    on Thursday, October 29, 2009 at 1:10 pm
    wow erin that is so true. I love it. Y'know, I just read the chapter in the book(LYWB) Lies I Believe About Myself(i think) and i really liked where it said God wants you to groom your heart¢¾. I kinda just read the books of Samuel. Now i'm already on Esther.
    stranger wannabe!
    on Wednesday, November 11, 2009 at 7:35 pm
    You have been most encouraging to me...
    But now... I have maybe.. a BIG PROBLEM
    Nicole long
    on Saturday, November 21, 2009 at 3:04 pm
    Thank you so much 4 posting this! My mom has been telling me for the longest about inner beauty and I've still been focusing on outer beauty but this blog really woke me up!!!! THX AGAIN!
    on Monday, March 29, 2010 at 10:27 pm
    thanks 4 that that made my week i'm really glad i came to this site. i have a lot of struggle with my inner beauty...thanks(;

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