How many times have you heard that saying? If you’ve heard it half as much as I have, you’ve heard it a lot! And I do mean a lot! But how many times have you had the opportunity to head this colloquialism and found yourself better for it?
Not often do I notice a pattern or theme in my life, but when I do, I find a sort of spiritual awakening and renewing by taking the time to reflect on the theme and allow it to soak in and water my spirit. The title of this article, Don’t Judge a Book By Its Cover, revealed itself as the theme for this weekend through three events or occurrences; Zimmerman was acquitted of all charges in the killing of Trayvon Martin, I hung out with the Mongols at their event in Palm Springs, and pastor preached about loving one another, as one of the pillars to Christian living in today’s world. Indulge me, if you will, as I share this theme and how these three occurrences have each had an impact on my spirit.
If you haven’t read Part I or II, you may want to do that first… Click here for Part I and click here for Part II
The third occurrence of this particular weekend, Pastor preached the third sermon on Christian Conduct. In this series, he spoke about the seven imperatives as preached by Peter. Imperitives six and seven are what brought the occurrences of this weekend full circle. Imperative six is: Fervently love one another (I Peter 1:22). To support this scripture, Pastor referenced the following scriptures as well:
I John 4: 7-8 – Love originates in God Love is action – Don’t tell, show.
If we are walking around being judgmental and judging a book by its cover, how can we be acting in love as Christ has called us to do?
Part seven of the imperatives is: Long for the pure milk of the Word (I Peter 1:23 – 2:3). If we are longing for the pure milk of the Word, we are allowing ourselves to be continually renewed by its cleansing and it fills our spirit. As such, we continually allow ourselves to be shaped and molded into vessels that further resemble God (Romans 12:2). And God is what? LOVE
I encourage to look up the above referenced scriptures, links have been provided to aid you. We are in this world, but we are called to not be from it (I John 2:15-17). People will know us by the fruit that we bare (Matthew 7:16). What kind of fruit are you baring? Is it bitter and sour, steeped in judgment and unforgiveness? Or is your fruit sweet and satisfying, steeped in the love of Christ?
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