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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Do not judge from appearance or from lofty stature - Daily Bible Reflections August 22,2013

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“Many are invited, but few are chosen.”– Matthew 22:14
The movie Beastly is about Kyle, a handsome, robust, witty and filthy rich young man. In other words, he was perfect. But he was also cocky, arrogant and rude.
       Does it really come with the territory that the beautifully perfect are also haughty and mean? Will the outwardly beautiful always be inwardly horrible? Is there hope?
         There is.
       Second Corinthians 3:18 says, “And we who… reflect the Lord’s glory are being transformed into His likeness from glory to glory, which comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.”
          How will transformation happen?
       When we realize that “many are called, but few are chosen.” This heavenly privilege is revealed only to the humble. The “chosen” are those who humbly let God work from within them. They respond in gratitude expressed through loving service. Because when we serve, we move from selfishness to selflessness.
       Then we make our lives beautiful — from the inside out.
       Realize that you are called.
       Serve, for you are chosen! Obet Cabrillas (kpreacherobet@gmail.com)
Reflection: “Do not judge from appearance or from lofty stature… Not as man sees does God see, because man sees the appearance but the Lord looks into the heart.” (1 Samuel 6:7)
Lord, teach me to value internal character over external beauty.
St. Andrew the Scot, pray for us.

1 comment:

    Have men been given the authority to judge John Doe? Is John Doe's eternal destiny the responsibility of man's judgment? Some believe they have that authority.

    1. John Doe was a good man, he loved his family, was faithful to his wife, never mistreated his children, and never took the first drink of alcohol. John gave money to the poor and visited the sick. John never confessed Jesus as Lord and Savior. John Doe was an unbeliever. Men have made the judgment that he will go to heaven because he was a good man.

    Ephesians 2:8:9 For by grace you have beensaved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9 not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.
    John 8:24 'Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for unless you believe that I am He you will die in yours sins.

    Is it right to pass judgment on John Doe and send him to heaven? No it is not!

    2. John Doe confessed Jesus as Lord and Savior on his deathbed, however, he did not have time to be baptized in water. Men say, John is in heaven because he ran out of time.

    Acts 2:38 Peter said to them, "Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

    Have men been given the power to determine that John Doe will be in heaven even though he failed to meet God's requirements for the forgiveness of his sins? Should men pass judgment on John Doe and send him to heaven? No they should not.

    3. John Doe became a Christian forty years ago, however, for the last thirty years John has been an unrepentant fornicator, a drunkard, a homosexual, and a thief. Men say, John died without repenting of those sins and is now in heaven. They say, he is in heaven because he was saved and once saved always saved.

    1 Corinthians 6:9-10 Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators....nor homosexuals, 10 nor thieves....nor drunkards...will inherit the the kingdom of God.

    Do men have jurisdiction over the entrance to the kingdom of God? Can men pass judgment on unrepentant sinners, like John Doe, and send them to heaven? No they cannot.


    Proverbs 16:25 There is a way which seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.

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