"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
Did you ever have this experience--you went to school and something was different about you. It could have been your hair, the clothes you were wearing, what you were eating for lunch--whatever. And the kids start making fun of you. How did that make you feel?
There's a woman and she's obviously on the fringes of homelessness. She comes up to you asking for some food. The smell of urine is overwhelming. You back away. Wanting her to get away from you--the last thing you want is for her to hug you. Ugh! You practically throw a jar of peanut butter in her hands. Good! The Christian deed is done and you can leave with a clear conscious--or can you?
Aren't we so blessed that our FATHER is a blind God. Blind to our warts, our shortcomings, our sins? It may be hard to believe, but you know, sometimes YOU stink! Sometimes you aren't always the "Cool" one that you picture yourself to be. But does any of that matters to your FATHER? No. He loves us know matter what.
He loves and desires to hold us and hug us even when we stink of sin. He is honored when we let Him hangout with us even when there is something not quite "normal" about us.
Aren't YOU so blessed that God looks at your heart and not your outward appearance? True beauty is most often missed when we just judge someone on what they appear like on the outside.
Pray that you can find beauty in each person that the LORD brings into your life today, tomorrow and this week. You will be amazed at how much you will see.
"Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God's sight." 1 Peter 3:4 NLT