“A Kingdom man understands that God never said a godly life would be easy; He just said it would be worth it.” Tony Evans
Thoughts From The Diary of A Desperate Man
“Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more.” II Corinthians 5:16
Viewing people correctly is one of the most important qualifications in becoming Christ’s disciple. To illustrate its importance, Paul says that there was a day when he saw Jesus as a carpenter’s son from Nazareth, the son of Joseph and Mary, a troublemaker who spread discontent and heresy among his followers. Now Paul sees Him as God sees Him: the eternal Son of God who became the propitiation for our sins.
Just as Paul now sees Jesus as God sees Him, so also all people. Before his conversion he viewed people from a human perspective. Some were attractive and others not; some were intellectually stimulating and others dull; some were powerful, important people, and others the opposite. Jesus Christ changed all of that. Paul now sees everyone as equal in value and importance, created in the image of God and of eternal worth. This does not mean that you condone sin any more than Jesus approved of the Pharisees. But good or bad, right or wrong, all people bear God’s image and are of eternal worth.
You can no longer view people “after the flesh.” All are of equal worth and significance in the economy of God, and you must view them through that lens. This does not come naturally. You must discipline yourselfto treat people with the dignity and respect that is theirs by virtue of God’s imputation, the same way that God views you.
1 Samuel 15-16 Luke 10:25-42 (New King James Version)
Saul Spares King Agag
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