Looking Beyond One's Physical Appearance


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“None are more unjust in their judgments of others than those who have a high opinion of themselves.” – Charles Spurgeon   

Has it ever happened to you? That when you are dressed up plain, not wearing any make-up in a grocery store or anywhere else, people try not to pay attention and look maybe with disgust sometimes? I tried that once when I went grocery shopping. Wearing just old shirts with faded pants, I’m also the type not to wear make-up. Just apply slight powder that won’t be enough to cover my age spots and other facial discolorations. No one offered any help, even not say anything. Some of the workers bumped with me accidentally and not even say anything.

Then…I dressed up with a blouse that showed a better figure. Pressed the same powder on my face but this time, hid the age spots first with those miraculous liquids that matched my skin tone. Then put some reddish hue on my lips. Barely walking into the grocery’s door, I heard a lot of greetings.

"Hello..."
“Good morning…”

“How are you today?” coupled with a welcoming smiles absent on the previous time.

It just proved to me that we are quick to judge others. We are quick to put labels on a person based on their physical appearances.

Thousands of years ago, there was nothing beautiful or majestic with a man’s appearance. Nothing to attract others to him. He was despised and rejected- - a man of sorrows, acquainted with bitterest grief. And people turned their backs on him and looked the other way when he went by. He was despised, and people did not care.” (Isaiah 53:2-3,NLT).

His Name is Jesus!

People wanted to kill him and though he didn’t commit any crimes, what people never realized was that his coming was all a part of God’s plan because he would carry our weaknesses, our sorrows, the death from our sins! He was wounded and crushed for our sins. He was beaten that we might have peace. He was whipped and we were healed! (Isaiah 53:4-5,NLT).

What was true then is still true today! Many still reject and don’t believe what Jesus had done on the cross.
But his death on the cross was not the ending. He came back to life on the 3rd day and that was a victory over the sting of death, over Satan and his forces! And eternal life is what He promised to those who will put their trust on Him…

“The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as he raised Christ from the dead, he will give life to your mortal body by this same Spirit living within you.” – Romans 8:11 (NLT)

 “10 Yet it was the LORD’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer, and though the LORD makes his life an offering for sin, he will see his offspring and prolong his days, and the will of the LORD will prosper in his hand. 11 After he has suffered, he will see the light of life and be satisfied by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many, and he will bear their iniquities. 12 Therefore I will give him a portion among the great, and he will divide the spoils with the strong, because he poured out his life unto death, and was numbered with the transgressors. For he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.” – Isaiah 53:10-12 (NIV)
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