'Do you look at things according to the outward appearance?' 2 Corinthians 10:7 NKJ What is the answer to the question in 2 Corinthians 10:7? If we're honest, it's often... well, 'Yes'. But that can be so, so dangerous. Take a look at David. When Samuel paid a visit to David's family looking for a king for Israel, he wanted to take a look at all of the sons of Jesse. But David wasn't even asked by his father to join them. Left to tend the sheep, Jesse had assumed that his age and seeming unimportance compared to his older brothers made him a write-off. Not a chance. David was top-notch for the job: 'glowing with health' (1 Samuel 16:12 NIV) and filled with courage. In reality, he was not the scrawny kid his father saw. David was always going to be king. Similarly for you: God has your opportunities lined up, despite anything that anyone might say about you not making it. So it's always worth praying for patience, and bravery, with people who make you feel inferior. Love them, but don't believe their put-downs. Know that God's already given His life for you, so that you can know His approving welcome. So what now? Think: who's put you down? Whether a past thing or current thing, it's time to pray for a patient and forgiving spirit. Write it down, pray over it and share it with a wise Christian friend if you need to talk. If it's a current thing, pray for change. Being filled with grace and love doesn't mean we have to accept something that's outright-wrong.
Soulfood: Josh 1-4, Mark 10:1-12, Ps 103:1-12, Prov 22:27-29