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“Therefore from now on we recognize no one according to the flesh; even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him in this way no longer. Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come” (2 Corinthians 5:16-17).

We are often impressed by what we see in the flesh. Do not weigh another based upon the standards of this age, but look beyond and see what the Lord is doing through the one who lives by faith. Yes, Jesus is the judge of the living and the dead, but we are to focus upon our lives of faith and not upon what this world lifts up as important. We are new creatures in Him who has redeemed us.

Lord, grant me spiritual eyes to see the more important things. I am guided by this world’s standards and the things I have experienced. Help me instead to see that in You is all hope and a future. Guide me to see things thus that I would not weigh the works of another, but encourage them to walk in the faith You have given and live into the life to which Your grace calls me.

Thank You, Jesus, for paving the way into the new life made possible by grace. Lead me today and each day farther along the trail of this new life that I may grow and be strengthened in faith. Let me see that You are walking with me always and that You will guide me in all of my ways. Open my eyes to see and my ears to hear that I would live this new life which You have given me. Amen.