Words from the Heart for Friday August 27th, 2021

But the Lord said to Samuel, “Don’t judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

1 Samuel 16:7 (NLT)

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Don’t Judge

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Judges have an incredibly challenging job. They need not only have knowledge of the law, but great wisdom as well. Nowhere is this seen more clearly than in the Biblical story of Solomon and the two women who both claimed the same baby as their own. Judges are carefully chosen for their knowledge of wisdom. All this being said, they are not perfect. They are simply human beings doing their best with the information they have available. There is only one true Judge, the God of the Bible who knows all things. Which is why we read this in 1 Samuel 16:7: “But the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Don’t judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.’” We are prone to be judgmental. We look at others and judge them by their appearance. God warns us that He alone can judge fairly because He knows what is in the human heart. As followers of Jesus, we are called to love others, even those who are difficult to love. We need to leave the judging up to God.

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley