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Discernment

Topic: Discernment

Scripture Reading: 1 Samuel 16:1-13

Main Text
1 Samuel 16:6-7

'So it was, when they came, that he looked at Eliab and said, “Surely the Lord's anointed is before Him!”
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.”

God doesn’t focus on our outward appearance. It is what’s on the inside that matters to Him. Scripture tells us that our beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes which call attention to us. Rather, it should be that of our inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. (1 Peter 3:3-4)

So often we look at what we can see on the outside – beauty, talents, fame and such, but God sees straight to the heart – motives, intent and character.

Jesus told the teachers of the law and Pharisees: “you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean. In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness.” (Matthew 23:27-28)

Decisions should be taken beyond considering first impressions.
What do you consider to make your decisions in life?
In all things God has another standard. Know the mind of God.

Prayer:
Lord, You alone know each heart; I pray for discernment of Your Holy Spirit to recognize the qualities of the people who come into my life and not only look at the outward appearance, but to look at their heart in Jesus' mighty name. Amen

The Lord bless and keep you!
Shalom