True beauty, in all its forms and manifestations, is opposed. True beauty is neither found nor attained without battles.
We are not unaware of the devil’s schemes, says Paul, but do we give much thought to the devil’s hatred of beauty? To his active, calculated and deliberate campaign against beauty?
Satan, once the most glorious of all angels, has lost every fragment of beauty, goodness and splendor he ever had. His kingdom is one of destruction, deprivation and death. His is a malevolent army opposed to beauty in every form. When we seek to bring life, love and freedom to souls around us, we encounter these forces of evil.
Anytime we partner with God to create beauty and offer beauty, in situations big or small, through a discrete act or an ongoing habit, we are engaging our enemy. Everyone is caught up in this spiritual war between the Kingdom of Light and the the dominion of darkness, and we participate in it, whether we realize it or not. There is no spiritual Switzerland.
Do you recognize the activity of your enemy?
Are you aware of the devil’s schemes against the beauty you see and seek?
2 Corinthians 2:11
1 Peter 4:12-13