Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Not Just For Appearance

2 Corinthians 13:7 KJV
Now I pray to God that ye do no evil; not that we should appear approved, but that ye should do that which is honest, though we be as reprobates.

Paul makes two appeals:
First He prayed they would do no evil.
He says that this desire is not for appearance sake. He is not trying to paint a sepulcher. His desire is that they be truly honest in their walk with the Lord.

Second he wished for their perfection.
And just after instructs them in fact to be perfect. Christians can mature and grow and be, though not sinlessly perfect on this earth, practically perfect in their relationship with God and man.

We will still be thought of as "reprobates" by the lost world and by those whose lives come under conviction because of our light. But we must not allow ourselves to settle for anything less than our perfection.

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