There is absolutely no harm or wrong in pointing out that a woman is beautiful and being appreciative of her beauty. Certainly it should be respectful appreciation, not “ogling” her with impure thoughts. But there is absolutely nothing wrong with admiring beauty in a woman, so long as it does not lead you to sinful thoughts. This kind of natural response to beauty is common among people of good sense, of a Judeo-Christian morality. Knowing the God who made all beautiful things and people, and having the purity of His loving heart within us with the indwelling presence of His Holy Spirit, we are able to appreciate such things in the clear, pure light of truth and love. But to those whose minds are darkened with sin, it is apparently considered exploitive to admire beauty in a very absurd morality that I cannot even understand or explain. But common sense and cooler heads can comprehend that there is a way to admire beauty without having selfish or impure thoughts about it.
Beauty pageants have long been a part of American culture. Speaking from a man’s perspective, I have to ask, “Who wouldn’t want to look at a beautiful girl and admire her beauty?” But these pageants don’t just highlight women in a superficial way that only looks at their surface beauty, which would be an exploitive way to look at them, a sort of approved version of pornography. Instead, these pageants are about the entire package of what a woman is: her thoughts, her accomplishments, and her talents. This is the proper way to view women, certainly admiring their beauty, but seeing that as just part of the entire story of who she is, and being enticed to get to know this person to see if there is an inner beauty that is far more important than what is on the surface. But it is only in a strange, distorted, puritanical morality where absolutely no appreciation of beauty can occur. This is certainly not God’s way, as most issues of excess are outside the bounds of what God expects and desires in human behavior.
I pray today that, if you are a woman, you will accept and appreciate your own beauty, but that you will continuously work on your inner beauty, communing with God on a daily basis so that He can build something even more wonderful in you over time than your outward beauty. If you are a man, I pray that you will seek God’s guidance, wisdom, and power to help you appreciate all women in the proper way, with respect. I pray for all to have a blessed day walking closely with our Lord.