Sometimes we forget that obedience is beautiful. Obedience looks good.
Proverbs says “Like an earring of gold and an ornament of fine gold is a wise rebuker to an obedient ear.” (25:12)
A wise counselor bestows beauty on his or her recipients. The words finely spoken are themselves lovely and glorious, but the receptive ear is adorned. The life corrected is not only morally benefited but aesthetically blessed. Repentance, obedience, faith, and forgiveness are lovely. They are graces that adorn the lives of the faithful.
This is why, as my wife says, people who don’t look right probably aren’t.
Sin is ugly, and it breeds ugliness. Obedience is lovely and bestows glory and beauty.
Wisdom is justified by her children, and folly is damned by hers.
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