Beyond Appearances

Merely the way people look often prejudices others in favor of them or against them. Jesus said, "Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment." John 7:24 ; May not "righteous judgment" include understanding man as he really is—as the image and likeness of Spirit, God?

Paul complained to the church at Corinth of being judged on appearances. Some in the church had sneered that while Paul's letters were "weighty and powerful ... his bodily presence" was "weak, and his speech contemptible." Paul claimed that in spite of this he expressed the Christ as much as anyone else. "Do ye look on things after the outward appearance?" he said. "If any man trust to himself that he is Christ's, let him of himself think this again, that, as he is Christ's, even so are we Christ's." II Cor. 10:10, 7 ;

Overcoming Fear in the City
April 8, 1972

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