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Christians: Don’t be Dismayed by Your Differences

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For as long as I can remember that God has been guiding me on the path I now walk (although I walk it very imperfectly), I have wondered why other Christians do not see things the same way as I do. Is one of us right, and the other wrong? How can that be if we are both walking with God? Does God tell us different things? Yes, God does tell us different things, as we are ready for them. He leads every person along a different path, according to His Divine wisdom. He uses each of us for a different purpose, in order to fulfill His eternal purpose.

We should not be divided by our differences. Instead, we should learn from each other, and glorify God for the diversity of His new creation. We should not try to force the calling God has given us on another person. Although, you will meet others who have a similar spiritual calling to yours, and you will have a deeper bond with them, than with other Christians.

What really matters is Christ, and that we love Him and love each other, through the love that flows from Him.

 

The Hideousness of Hollywood

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Many people look to Hollywood to see beauty. They see through the eyes of the flesh. But, through the eyes of the Spirit, you will see little that resembles beauty there.

I actually don’t want to dwell on how ugly Hollywood is. Instead, I want to point to beauty, not the lack of it. Where can true beauty be found? It is a rare thing in this world. If you want to see beauty, go to the bedside of a frail and dying person, who has spent his or her life loving Christ. The world hides these people away because the world is blind. The world can’t possibly see the beauty of such a person. The beauty that Jesus sees in them. Hollywood can’t compare to the glorious beauty that shines in these Children of God. The beauty in these beloved ones is Christ Himself, and the world does not recognize Him.

The Beauty of Jesus and His Bride

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“To the choirmaster: according to Lilies. A Maskil of the Sons of Korah; a love song. My heart overflows with a pleasing theme; I address my verses to the king; my tongue is like the pen of a ready scribe. You are the most handsome of the sons of men; grace is poured upon your lips; therefore God has blessed you forever. Gird your sword on your thigh, O mighty one, in your splendor and majesty! In your majesty ride out victoriously for the cause of truth and meekness and righteousness; let your right hand teach you awesome deeds! Your arrows are sharp in the heart of the king’s enemies; the peoples fall under you. Your throne, O God, is forever and ever. The scepter of your kingdom is a scepter of uprightness; you have loved righteousness and hated wickedness. Therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness beyond your companions; your robes are all fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia. From ivory palaces stringed instruments make you glad; daughters of kings are among your ladies of honor; at your right hand stands the queen in gold of Ophir. Hear, O daughter, and consider, and incline your ear: forget your people and your father’s house, and the king will desire your beauty. Since he is your lord, bow to him. The people of Tyre will seek your favor with gifts, the richest of the people. All glorious is the princess in her chamber, with robes interwoven with gold. In many-colored robes she is led to the king, with her virgin companions following behind her. With joy and gladness they are led along as they enter the palace of the king. In place of your fathers shall be your sons; you will make them princes in all the earth. I will cause your name to be remembered in all generations; therefore nations will praise you forever and ever.”
(Psa 45:1-17 ESV)

Oh, the wonders that are in this Psalm. It is a beautiful description of Jesus and His Church. Notice that this King is called Son of man and God Himself. He is anointed by God with oil, which symbolizes the Father anointing Jesus with the Spirit. His Queen is clothed in gold. Gold is only made by God. This shows that She is clothed by God. She wears many-colored robes, which I think shows the many races of people that are in Her. The Name of Jesus Christ will be remembered in all generations and the nations will praise Him forever and ever.

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