It’s probably just as well that it can be a bit of a challenge to open up pistachios.  Because once you get them open, they’re kind of gross looking.  But you think to yourself, “I’ve come this far, I might as well eat this thing.”  And you do, and it’s actually pretty good.  Good enough (for me, anyway) to pick apart another one more often than not.

            Good things come in ugly packages sometimes.  And sometimes the ugly packages come wrapped up in packages of their own.  Weird, cloven packages that look eerily like that crazy man-eating plant in Little Shop of Horrors.  “Feed me, Hal, feed me!”  Except they are actually feeding me.  OK, I’m officially off the rails now.  Regroup, Hal, regroup.

            Ugly packages.  Right.  My point is, judging righteous judgment, as the Lord requires in John 12:48, means looking beyond surface appearances.  I have brethren who are constantly judged negatively by others, including other brethren, for their beauty, weight, age, color, and a host of other things.  And yes, with regard to certain externals (clothing being an obvious example) we are able to exert some control.  But not always.  And not always to others’ satisfaction (as though that were our objective).

            We should remember of Paul’s words in 2 Corinthians 5:16 — “Therefore from now on we recognize no one according to the flesh; even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him in this way no longer.”  It takes effort to come to know Jesus as He truly is; and as Isaiah 53:2 prophesied, many don’t.  But we valued the truth enough to look past irrelevancies to find it in Him.

            We owe others the same courtesy.