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Who Do You See?

1 Corinthians 11:1-6 is not so much about hair, but about perception from people both inside and outside the church. The Corinthians’ appearance was a reflection of their faith. This does not mean that women today must have long hair and men must have short hair in order to show our faith in today’s culture. It does mean that as Christians we need to strive to be a reflection of Jesus. From purity in the way we appear to the way we treat others, our lives should be good examples of our faith.

What does this mean? We should be aware of how our actions are perceived, but most of all we should not judge others. We need to love and reach out to others like Jesus did, even when religious-acting people disapprove (Matthew 9:10-13). People should feel comfortable coming to church as they are. Yet we also want them to see the difference Jesus makes in the life of a Christian. That is why we need to make sure our lives do not reflect what God does not, as 1 Corinthians 11:1-16 teaches. We want to be in the world but not of it (John 17:14-16), so that others can feel loved but also see Jesus in us and accept Him into their lives.


  • Does your life reflect your faith in Christ? What can you do so that nonbelievers can see Jesus in you?
  • Are you loving people the way that Jesus did, even if you do not agree with how they live?

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