Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 02/07/16

This week’s scripture is from 1 Samuel:

Jesus Christ“For the Lord sees not as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”  (1 Sam. 16:7b)

The things of this world grow dim in God’s eyes; He does not see things the way we see them, and He does not consider things important we might consider important. God cares not what we appear like: how tall we are, how pretty or how handsome, how youthful we look or how wise, how rich or poor. All of our striving for notice or success mean little to nothing to the Lord.

Even what we do for Him is counted as dross when compared to our heart, for God judges not by human standards; He judges the heart. Let us have a heart toward God and let us be true in our hearts to love the Lord and His righteousness, to love His son who came to save us from ourselves and from this world. Let us love the Lord with all our heart, all our strength, all our mind, and all our soul. Let the Lord work in us a pure heart, one purified by Him.

May you prepare your heart before the Lord, who loves you.

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