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.

“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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The Attacker (5/15/09)

The sun was just peeking from the Eastern skies. Ephesians 6:12 [37 kb]

Out in the prison’s yard, some huge Sheriff’s buses were illuminated by the soft glow coming from the lights all over from the tall lamp posts. Their engines were turned on, warming up, before the buses would take the inmates to the different courts where they would have their trials.

Orange-uniformed men were lined up in pairs, joined together with handcuffs and chained, forming a long line. They already had their breakfast and had their morning medications prior to going to courts. Some were fidgeting, as they waited to board those buses.

All of a sudden, all hell broke loose! Two men were engaged in a fight, using weapons they made secretly for a while. Deputies called for help on the radio, both for custody back-up and medical staff, as well.

When the air was cleared and the other inmates were secured, one man was down on the floor. He sustained multiple gashes but two of them were deep. One cut was vertically etched from his left ear going down to the jaw line. The other dangerous cut was horizontal on his left neck, close to the jugular vein. Pool of blood dripped all over the floor. Holding his bleeding neck, he was pointing at the other inmate few feet away, being guarded by the other deputies.

The other man being accused was not hurt. There were no lacerations nor any other signs of trauma. He was obviously very agitated as he was being questioned by those deputies, while the medical staff started treating the other man on the floor. They cleaned the wounds and controlled the bleeding. That man was sent to the nearby hospital.

When the investigation was finalized, it turned out to be that the “downed man who was accusing the other inmate” was the attacker and the other one who didn’t have injury was the one attacked. The deputies found out that it was the second attempt to attack the unhurt man. Both attacks on him failed. He was well-prepared after the first attempt on him, that when the second attempt was done, he was able to defend himself and ended up injuring his attacker severely.

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We also have an “accuser of the brethren.” Satan and his army of demons are the enemies of God and of everything good.

“Because God’s children are human beings – made of flesh and blood – Jesus also became flesh and blood by being born in human form. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the Devil, who had the power of death.” –Hebrews 2:14

Because of what Jesus had done [dying on the cross], we, who live in constant fear of death shouldn’t be afraid anymore. Jesus had freed us from that fear so we can live for Him. When we belong to God, we know that death is only the portal that leads into “eternal life”. [“Thank You Lord!].

Paul warned us, too that we also battle against the evil forces of Satan, who is a vicious fighter. But to be able to withstand their attacks, we must depend on God’s strength and use every piece of His armor. We face an army whose goal is to defeat Christ’s church. When we believe in Christ, they become our enemies. They will try any device to turn us away from the Lord.

Fear not! For God has provided His supernatural power to defeat Satan and his army, through His Holy Spirit within us. So, arm yourselves with God’s armor.

Let us be strong in the Lord's mighty power. Let's put on His whole armor to resist the enemy's attacks: put on the sturdy belt of truth and the body armor of God's righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News, so that we are well-prepared. We will need faith in every battle as our shield to stop the fiery arrows aimed by Satan and his army. Let us put on salvation as our helmet, not forgetting the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. Let's pray at all times, on every occasion in the power of the Holy Spirit. We must stay alert and be persistent in our prayers for all Christians everywhere. [Ephesians 6:10-18].