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Do You Judge by Externals?

In first Samuel chapter 1 we see Samuel the prophet sent by God to anoint one of Jesse’s sons as the new king of Israel. Jesse brings all of his strong and handsome grown sons before Samuel but God rejects them all. Then they bring the youngest son (David), just a youth and God says this is the one. In Samuel chapter 16 and verse 7 (KJV) it says: “for the lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the lord looketh on the heart."

Wow, what a lesson for us; how often we are smitten by the looks, the dress, the personality, the wit, the volume, the eloquent presence of a man or woman, but our God looks beyond all of this to the heart.

We are often to ready to judge the external but we are told in the word that God uses what we consider foolish things to achieve his Goals (1 Cor 1:27) and that he is no respecter of person (Rom 2:11).

We are warned in James Chapter 2 not to show partiality and to love other people as much as we love ourselves. Let’s try and see people differently today; through God’s eyes. God made all people and desires all to be saved and experience his love (1 Tim 2:4).

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