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Towards One Who Does Not Have Good Features
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Towards One Who Does Not Have Good Features

“Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgement” (Jn 7:24). The Jews were longing for the (Messiah). But when the Lord Jesus Christ came they spurned him. The Lord Jesus was of a simple family and he was not of comely appearance. The Jews thus deprived themselves of the grace of salvation which was prepared for them ever since the creation of the world.

People generally judge others on their outward appearance. They would befriend those who are good looking and ignore those who are not. Elder James has this say “My brethren, have not the faith our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons. For if there come unto your assembly a man with a gold ring, in goodly apparel, and there come in also a poor man in vile raiment; and ye have respect to him that weareth the gay clothing, and say unto him, sit down here in a good place; and say to the poor Stand thou there, or sit here under my footstool : Are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts?” (Jas 2:1-4). Paul has this to say, “Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more” (2 Cor 5:16).

Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks into the heart. We should pursue perfect spirituality. Knowing that we men are created after the image of God (Gen 1:26), we should therefore regain the lost image of God in us by showing justice, purity, love, mercy. Bear the yoke of God and learn the kind of gentleness and meekness that God has shown to us. We would never be able to manifest the image of God in us if we continue to associate ourselves with the world and fail to consecrate ourselves to Him. Finally, may the Spirit of God guide us so that we may have the insight to appreciate the good points of a person who does not have good looks.

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