Appearances Can Be Deceiving

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We humans all have a need to exercise our senses and to learn how to use them wisely. We tend to respond to first impressions and what we can see with our eyes. But when some great truth is expressed, it is the truth that matters, not the person who expresses it. Knowing this is vital. One of the most prominent and long-lasting messengers of truth was the apostle Paul. It seems that his appearance and speaking ability were not the most impressive. However, the words he wrote have lasted for almost 2,000 years. People ought to listen to the truth—no matter who’s speaking it.

Paul noted that for people who looked only at outward appearances, he apparently had little to offer (2 Corinthians 10:7-10 2 Corinthians 10:7-10 7 Do you look on things after the outward appearance? If any man trust to himself that he is Christ’s, let him of himself think this again, that, as he is Christ’s, even so are we Christ’s. 8 For though I should boast somewhat more of our authority, which the Lord has given us for edification, and not for your destruction, I should not be ashamed: 9 That I may not seem as if I would terrify you by letters. 10 For his letters, say they, are weighty and powerful; but his bodily presence is weak, and his speech contemptible.
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). Appearances can be deceiving. If the words being spoken by someone contain truth, a wise person will not let those appearances sway his or her opinion. Instead, he or she will examine and ponder the things that are spoken not only the vessel that conveys those things.