1 Samuel 16:7
7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
Today’s Inspiration: Do not judge by outward appearance which is not a reality. God sees the inward parts – the heart. 1 Samuel 16:7. God is more interested in the inward attitudes of our heart more than the physical beauty. It’s the same with us. Adorning oneself makes one look good on the outside. But when you look at the inward parts of the heart, the attitudes are far from the standards of God. Likewise when we look at a person he looks healthy but inwardly it is full of pain and anguish.
To be spiritually healthy on the inside, we need recurrent spiritual nourishment from the word of God. This is available through a healthy enduring relationship with God. The world is in a mess today because we focus so much on the attractions of the world but failed to see the consequences of the neglect of our relationship with God. We are not to consume the world’s spiritual nourishment which affects our attitudes that brings about spiritual cancer to us today. Outwardly we feel we have no need of anything but in reality spiritual cancer is slowly eroding our spiritual health that causes division.
The solution is to have a closer walk with God that will sharpen our hearing. We cannot serve two masters Matthew 6:24. Serving self and the world will weaken our spirit. Serving Mammon will cause us to hoard whereas serving God we look at eternal values. The one thing we cannot part with is our finances which are not permanent. What we give to God carries eternal values. Where the treasure is there your heart is. 19-21. It’s this inward desire that determine our spiritual health. He who trust in riches will fall. Proverbs 11:28.
What is precious in the sight of God is the hidden person of our heart which aims to have the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit. 1 Peter 3:3. Do not be gripped by fear but be captivated by a humble spirit and a blessing spirit so that you might inherit a blessing. V8. So pursue an enduring relationship with God. God be praised.
Prayer: Lord grant me a gentle and hearing spirit, slow to speak and slow to anger but abounding in love. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
1 John 4:18
18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.
Today’s Inspiration: Fear is our greatest enemy and has to be conquered by love for love casts out fear. 1 John 4:18. To nurture the damaged trees of wrong done to us is to be a prisoner of the past. To refuse to forgive is also destructive. Unforgiveness choked the life out of marriage or out of family relationship and friendship. To avoid forgiving would mean imprisoning your emotions.
It costs the Lord Jesus at Cavalry to bring us forgiveness. If we are to bear the image of God we cannot afford not to forgive our offender. Forgiveness carries a condition that it starts with us first to forgive the offender. To accept God’s forgiveness and to refuse to forgive our offenders is a wicked act as Jesus explained in the parable of unforgiven servant in Matthew 18:21-35. When you don’t forgive and you choose to be bitter against the offender, you have made yourself a slave to the offender.