Appearances

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She has walked through fire and, in some ways, still walks that path. She has made the hard decisions that might seem hurtful to others, trying to do the right thing. She has been hurt by those she trusted to protect her, to do the right thing.

She gets dressed and goes out, smiles and converses, and nobody ever guesses.

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He is fighting the lies of the enemy, who constantly berates him and attacks him with his own lack of worth and value. No matter how far he comes, how much he accomplishes in the strength of Christ, he hears that deceptive voice whispering (sometimes shouting), you are unworthy, incapable, and broken. You should be ashamed of yourself for practicing such hypocrisy.

He gets dressed and goes out, smiles and converses, and nobody ever guesses.

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He is in pain every single day. He fights for the strength to keep obeying, wishing so many times he could just give up.

He gets dressed and goes out, smiles and converses, and nobody ever guesses.

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She is caught deep in her depression, and she has been named rebellious and shamed by people claiming the name of Christ. She lives her life with a constant feeling of sad smothering hopelessness, and she wonders if it’s worth it sometimes.

She gets dressed and goes out, smiles and converses, and nobody ever guesses.

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She was beaten this morning by a husband who swore to love and honor and cherish her. She does everything she can to protect her children from his wrath, and to protect his reputation in the community. She fears for her life but she doesn’t know what to do or where to go.

She gets dressed and goes out, smiles and converses, and nobody ever guesses.

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He succumbed to the temptation again last night, and this morning he wonders if there’s any point in even trying to get back up again. He feels entirely without hope, ashamed of his weakness and afraid to ever admit it to anyone. Even if he resists today, he thinks, he will undoubtedly fail again tomorrow. What is the purpose of resisting at all?

He gets dressed and goes out, smiles and converses, and nobody ever guesses.

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He lost his job and is deep in debt, and he wonders if his family would be better of without him. She wakes every morning with a new wave of loneliness as she contemplates another day without the man she pledged life and love to. How will she even get out of bed? His estranged son lies in a hospital dying, but he is afraid to go and make things right. Her child is failing math and making terrible choices, and she fears for his future– and his present. Another bill came this morning, and they add it to the stack on the desk and wonder how they will buy food this week.

They get dressed and go out, smile and converse, and nobody ever guesses.

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She has been changed. Her morning began with coffee and Jesus, and He is doing a good work in her heart. She knows the truth and it is setting her free; she is marvelously, wonderfully saved. She has the words of life and the answers for a dying world and the hope that is so desperately needed by every single person she meets.

She gets dressed and goes out, smiles and converses, and nobody ever guesses.

Do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord . . . who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace.

We love because he first loved us.

By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and truth.

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone who believes.

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father in heaven.

 

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