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“To my shame I must say that we have been weak by comparison.  But in whatever respect anyone else is bold – I speak in foolishness – I am just as bold myself.  Are they Hebrews? So am I. Are they Israelites? So am I. Are they descendants of Abraham? So am I” (2 Corinthians 11:21-22).

What are the qualifications we use to think of others?  Are they the things we ought to be using?  Are not all image bearers?  Are not all loved by the Lord?  But only some will listen to the Lord and walk in His ways.  Do not use the value system of the world, but listen to the Lord and walk in His ways, and listen to those who will faithfully share the Good News of the Gospel.

Lord, I am often discerning where I ought not be and not discerning where I should be.  Help me, Lord, to live according to Your Word and will.  Grant that I would have new eyes to see things through Your eyes.  Lead me to not depend upon what this world says, but rather upon what You say.  Guide me in Your goodness to live into the life to which You have called me that I may live in You.

Lord Jesus, You are the light of life and You have come humbly to each one of us that we may have life and have it abundantly.  Guide me, O Lord, that I may walk humbly with You and look to You as the source of understanding.  In Your goodness, lead me to live out the Father’s will in my daily life.  Help me to now and always think and act faithfully, always according to Your teaching.  Amen.