Advent Reflection Booklet 2014 - page 8

Not by appearance shall he judge, nor by hearsay shall he
decide, But he shall judge the poor with justice, and decide
aright for the land’s afflicted.
Isaiah 11:3-4
How we long for fair treatment from others, but do we give it to
them? We hate those who judge based on appearance, or hear-
say, or falsifications. Yet, are we quick to judge others based on
the same standards? “The Lord does not look at the things man
looks at. Man looks on the outward appearance, but God looks
at the heart.” (1Sam. 16:7)
Christ is the only perfect judge. He judges us knowing every-
thing that motivates us, hurts us, or causes us shame. Yet, He
loves us…perfectly.
He cares for the needy, and defends the oppressed. “He defends
the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the alien,
giving him food and clothing.” (Deut. 10:18) God values the
kind of righteousness that actively turns away from selfishness
toward others to offer them the help they need. It is only when
He rules in our hearts that we can learn to be as fair in our treat-
ment of others as we expect others to be toward us.
Father,
Thank You for the free gift of grace and forgiveness that You so
richly gave us through the death and resurrection of Your Son
and our Savior, Jesus. We ask that You rule in our hearts, help-
ing us to see others as You see them; that we be generous in our
giving and forgiving.
May the love of Christ fill our hearts and minds in this season
and throughout the year.
Mims Gross, Secretary
Office for Academic Affairs
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