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TEXT : “Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature.” “Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair white or black.” - Matthew 6:27;5:36.

COMMENT: Jesus Christ made this statement to warn us against undue anxiety or worry which is a mark of lack of faith. In the passages under reference, our Lord and Saviour shows up our extreme weakness and helplessness without God. No matter how one worries about his condition he cannot increase his stature a bit. Today, a growing number of people are going for body makeovers, changing their physical features and even doing sex change operations to turn them from men to women and vice versa. True to the words of Christ these changes do not endure and they bring with them so much sorrow and pain. The obsession with enhancing physical appearance to the point of enduring the pains of surgery with all the risks involved, rather than in enhancement of moral standards is nothing but gross misplacement of values. It is wasteful and expresses disregard for and lack of faith in God and His purposes of creation. Vain and foolish it is to make pleasure our chief goal, to act only with reference to this life. (Compare Isaiah 22:13; 1 Corinthians 15:32) David the prophet of God declared: “I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.” (Psalm 139:14) People should be preoccupied with doing works of faith so as to enter into God's Kingdom where they shall by God's grace have perfect bodies and be “more precious than fine gold”. - Isaiah 13:12.

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