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365 Days of Blessing

外面と内面 Outer versus Inner




The other day, I bought a big, juicy-looking apple that was a little expensive. However, to my surprise, when I bit into it, it was neither juicy nor delicious and the flesh was dry and coarse. It did not taste good at all! Even though the outside looked amazing, the inside was no good.


「わざわいだ。偽善の律法学者、パリサイ人。おまえたちは白く塗った墓のようなものです。墓のその外側は美しく見えても、内側は、死人の骨や、あらゆる汚れたものがいっぱいです。 そのように、おまえたちも外側は人に正しく見えても、内側は偽善と不法でいっぱいです。」マタイ23:27,28



We could say the same sometimes about people. When talking to the legalistic Jewish leaders Jesus Christ said, “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like white-washed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of dead men`s bones and everything unclean. In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness.” Matthew 23:27, 28

They obeyed many detailed laws and in order to look good to others, wore the correct clothes and prayed long prayers on street corners. They loved to be called `teacher` and to get the best seats at banquets. However, they omitted to be loving and merciful to others and looked down on and were judgmental to people in “low” positions.







Japan is a society which values titles and formalities. There is a tendency to judge a person to be respectable if they hold a good title. However, just as the people living in a house are more important than the building itself, we can be deceived if we pay too much attention to the outward appearance and do not regard the inner aspects. God is not concerned with how a person looks, their lineage, education or social standing, He looks only at their heart. We should not make judgements about a person`s value by their outward appearance but according to their inner qualities. It would be great if we could be the kind of person who is not just caught up with outward appearances but one who is able to see the other`s heart.

奥平 Okudaira


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