This article comes as a result of a sister’s statement about the prejudices about skin color.
I agree, we should look at individuals through the heart. I personally look for the character (spirit) of that individual. It assists in connecting, it sets the stage for trust between us. In my opinion it is to recognize who that individual is spiritually!
At this point the flesh becomes less important. Because now, we are communicating on a mutual level. One where there is first respect for who we are (spiritually), then how much we have in common to share, even if an unbeliever.
I recognize and understand there is a physical presence standing before me, and it must be acknowledged and respected.
But I also understand what is in that physical presence (vessel) and hold respect for that spirit, because in my heart we are the same, a Spirit created, in God’s image .
And acknowledge, the Father created a fleshly body as a temple to house our spirits and as such should be respected and cared for. At this point I ponder how many individuals would disrespect a church, or synagogue in anyway?
I understand and recognize our bodies are a temple housing our spirit as well as the Holy Spirit. But I throw this question out there, how many believers are actually practicing, respecting it as such, a Holy habitat for God’s comforter and teacher the Holy Spirit as well the Spirit of Yeshua as He is always with us?
Yes, it is important we recognize the temple, for what it represents, an image the world sees. It is important the world recognizes we respect all who present their temples no matter it’s outer appearance or spiritual affiliation. .
When I enter into the presence of another individual (temple), I desire as a believer to have the worldly recognize I respect their presence (temples), no less than I would a Believers presence.
I recognize many need help by recognizing their spirit is in distress, and can only initially offer support, i.e. an ear, but more than anything respect for them, as the world sees them on a physical plain only and what the individual is allowing them to see. It is difficult for them to hide the spiritual side of their being.
In my heart at that time skin color is insignificant. I am able to discern there is a bruised, battered, and tormented spirit before me usually looking for help, but not knowing how to ask. This leads back to my statement, “nothing can afflict you in the flesh that has not already confronted you in the spirit.”
The question for all believers, how many look at their body as a temple, which God has created calling us to maintain it daily, and consider as a holy place for the Holy Spirit (1Cor. 6:19) to share spiritually. But as well recognize, what abuse we put this physical temple through while housing the Holy Spirit.
With this knowledge it becomes apparent, our approach and consideration of our physical being (temples) should become a high priority. With this in mind, it becomes clear why the Lord’s instruction to separate from the world becomes even more critical, and why it is imperative to put the flesh under spiritual control, as well learning how to overcome the desires and temptations attempting to or possibly controlling us.
Then it was revealed, this information is being shared to elevate the reader to a different level of discernment.
This understanding is needed to bolster our spirit and soul, to be filled with a perseverance to stand before our enemy with a reassurance we have raised our spirit to operate at a new level of wisdom and Fulfillment. Under our Savior’s guidance protection and eternal promises, we will be able to continue through any and all maladies presented.