The Daystar Devotional 2000-12-13

December 13, 2000

“Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.” (Philippians 2: 3)

© 2000 by Mary Ann L. Diorio, Ph.D. All Rights Reserved. This devotional may not be copied, in whole or in part, by any means whatsoever, without the written permission of Dr. Mary Ann Diorio. Copies may, however, be forwarded by email or printed out for personal use. All copies must be forwarded or printed out in their entirety.

Precious Disciple of Jesus Christ, the Daystar,

Prejudice is a sin that has its roots in pride. When we hear the word prejudice, we usually think of that which exists between blacks and whites. Prejudice, however, exists in many other forms, many of which are far more subtle.

For example, we are guilty of prejudice when we judge another person by his or her appearance, assuming that a well-dressed person is somehow better than a person dressed in rags. We are guilty of prejudice when we assume that an educated person is somehow better than an uneducated person. We are guilty of prejudice when we warmly welcome to our churches only those who look good and smell good and avoid those whom the world would consider the scum of the earth.

Jesus provides the antidoe to prejudice. In this week’ Scripture verse, He admonishes us to think of others better than we think of ourelves. In other words, we are to place others above ourselves by serving them in an attitude of love. Such an attitude will keep us humble and will remind us that whereas man looks at the outward appearance, God looks on the heart (1 Samuel 16: 7). Let’s ask our heavenly Father to help us do likewise.

Your sister in Christ,

Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

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