God looks Inside not Outside
1 Samuel 16:6, 7 - When they came, he looked on Eliab and thought, "Surely the LORD's anointed is before him." But the LORD said to Samuel, "Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; the LORD sees not as man sees; man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart."
Only the mature in Christ can grow to the point where moment to moment judgments are not based on training, prejudices, education and outward appearances. Would you hire a kid with long hair, ear-ring, and tattoo who wears jeans that hang low and drinks alcohol? Now that you've made your (internal) decision - please point to the specific item or items that say this person is immoral, unqualified, or is not saved from sin before God. I know - I would be reluctant to hire him also. But I'm wrestling with the question, Was my judgment based on his heart or his appearance?
Once at a retreat there was such a medical student studying in Russia. At first anyone who sees him would tell him to get rid of his earrings, cut his long dyed hair etc.. Since he came from Russia, he would drink alcohol like water. He was also influenced by Jehovah's Witnesses during his study there and was on the verge of leaving his studies. He was put up in my room, I knew the Lord had his purpose in this. I was just good to him not pointing out to anything about him, and soon the work started in him. He came asking the difference between the Bible and Jehovah's Witness Bible? Since I had experienced with them I could had blasted lots of things left and right about the misguiding this so called cult in God's name, does. But I was led to keep silent. And during the preaching the Lord showed him a scripture where just by sifting a comma they managed to deny Jesus Christ as Lord. Later this same young man gave us a fright. He was in his room locked from inside and was not answering the door. Someone had to climb to the first floor window by the drainage pipe and the person saw him slain (knocked out in the anointing) while reading the Bible. That night it's self he burnt the Jehovah Witness Bible and his whole life changing process started. Today though he got rid of all the external things, the main thing is that he preaches the Lord to others and is like an example for other teens.
What ever your state may be, you may have done the worst of things according to man. But God overlooks all this if you are good at heart.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Father God, You know me from inside. You know what a mess I am in this world and in life, but in my heart I love You and want to be with You. Bring me Lord into your present and change me to be like Jesus. Also teach me how to discern the inner character of other people through the guidance of your Holy Spirit. In Jesus' Name I pray, Amen.
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