If We All Understood

But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”  1 Samuel 16:7

COULD we draw aside the curtainsImage result for helping others
That surround each other’s lives,
See the naked heart and spirit,
Know what spur the action gives—
Often we would find it better,
Purer than we judge we would;
We would love each other better
If we only understood.

Could we judge all deeds by motives,
See the good and bad within,
Often we would love the sinner
All the while we loathe the sin.
Could we know the powers working
To o’erthrow integrity,
We would judge each other’s errors
With more patient charity.

If we knew the cares and trials,
Knew the efforts all in vain,
And the bitter disappointments—
Understood the loss and gain— ​
Would the grim external roughness
Seem, I wonder, just the same?
Would we help where now we hinder?
Would we pity where we blame?

Ah, we judge each other harshly,
Knowing not life’s hidden force;
Knowing not the fount of action
Is less turbid at its source.
Seeing not amid the evil
All the golden grains of good,
Oh, we’d love each other better
If we only understood.

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In Sight

God can take the worst of humanity and make them fishers of men,imagesP2KE3Y1U
Yes, the very same ones that we’ve belittled, time and time again.
Some have been robbers and thieves and hopeless beyond our doubt,
But God sees them differently, as He reaches down to lift them out.

God sees things in people, that to us, are completely out of sight, For He knows just what they can do once Jesus becomes their Light.
imagesIPX3NONQTheir potential may only need this special attention to bring it out,
For man to serve with his best, first God needs to remove all doubt.

God sees the good in a person that we have labeled a hopeless case,
For He looks into their heart, when all that we’ll see is the face.
We are not at all good at judging, therefore we are told to judge not,
Because we miss so many of those true qualities that a person’s got.

God’s loving eyes don’t see the raged clothes a person’s wearing,
Instead He sees saved souls coming from the truths they’re sharing.imagesZQ4EHOTD
If we’ll put more love in our sight, I believe we’ll see more clearly,
Just remember, that we’re always in God’s sight and He loves us dearly.

Robert Hedrick

 

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10 Guidelines-Effective Immediately

Effective immediately, please be aware that there are changes YOU need to make in YOUR life. These changes need to be completed in order that I may fulfill My promises to you to grant you peace, joy and happiness in this life. I apologize for any inconvenience, but after all that I am doing, this seems very little to ask of you. Please, follow these 10 guidelines.

1. QUIT WORRYING: Life has dealt you a blow and all you do is sit and worry. Have you forgotten that I am here to take all your burdens and carry them for you? Or do you just enjoy fretting over every little thing that comes your way?

2. PUT IT ON THE LIST: Something needs to be done or taken care of. Put it on the list. No, not YOUR list. Put it on MY to-do-list. Let ME be the one to take care of the problem. I can’t help you until you turn it over to Me. And although My to-do-list is long, I am after all… God. I can take care of anything you put into My hands. In fact, if the truth were ever really known, I take care of a lot of things for you that you never even realize.

3. TRUST ME: Once you’ve given your burdens to Me, quit trying to take them back. Trust in Me. Have the faith that I will take care of all your needs, your problems and your trials. Problems with the kids? Put them on My list. Problem with finances? Put it on My list. Problems with your emotional roller coaster? For My sake, put it on My list. I want to help you. All you have to do is ask.

4. LEAVE IT ALONE: Don’t wake up one morning and say, “Well, I’m feeling much stronger now, I think I can handle it from here.” Why do you think you are feeling stronger now? It’s simple. You gave Me your burdens and I’m taking care of them. I also renew your strength and cover you in my peace. Don’t you know that if I give you these problems back, you will be right back where you started? Leave them with Me and forget about them. Just let Me do my job.

5. TALK TO ME: I want you to forget a lot of things. Forget what was making you crazy. Forget the worry and the fretting because you know I’m in control. But there’s one thing I pray you never forget. Please, don’t forget to talk to Me – OFTEN! I love YOU! I want to hear your voice. I want you to include Me in on the things going on in your life. I want to hear you talk about your friends and family. Prayer is simply you having a conversation with Me. I want to be your dearest friend.

6. HAVE FAITH: I see a lot of things from up here that you can’t see from where you are. Have faith in Me that I know what I’m doing. Trust Me; you wouldn’t want the view from My eyes. I will continue to care for you, watch over you, and meet your needs. You only have to trust Me. Although I have a much bigger task than you, it seems as if you have so much trouble just doing your simple part. How hard can trust be?

7. SHARE: You were taught to share when you were only two years old. When did you forget? That rule still applies. Share with those who are less fortunate than you. Share your joy with those who need encouragement. Share your laughter with those who haven’t heard any in such a long time. Share your tears with those who have forgotten how to cry. Share your faith with those who have none.

8. BE PATIENT: I managed to fix it so in just one lifetime you could have so many diverse experiences. You grow from a child to an adult, have children, change jobs many times, learn many trades, travel to so many places, meet thousands of people, and experience so much. How can you be so impatient then when it takes Me a little longer than you expect to handle something on My to-do-list? Trust in My timing, for My timing is perfect. Just because I created the entire universe in only six days, everyone thinks I should always rush, rush, rush.

9. BE KIND: Be kind to others, for I love them just as much as I love you. They may not dress like you, or talk like you, or live the same way you do, but I still love you all. Please try to get along, for My sake. I created each of you different in some way. It would be too boring if you were all identical. Please, know I love each of your differences.

10. LOVE YOURSELF: As much as I love you, how can you not love yourself? You were created by me for one reason only — to be loved, and to love in return. I am a God of Love. Love Me. Love your neighbors. But also love yourself. It makes My heart ache when I see you so angry with yourself when things go wrong. You are very precious to me. Don’t ever forget……

 

-Author Unknown

The Homless Person

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The parking lot filled rapidly on Sunday morning as members of the large church congregation filed into church. As usually happens in a church that size, each member had developed a certain comfort zone – a block of space within those four church walls that became theirs after the second or third sitting.

 

It was as much a part of their church experience as the recliner was to the television at home. Some of the older members had been sitting in the same row on the same side for several decades. A team of oxen could not have moved them to the opposite side of the church.

 

One morning a stranger stood at the edge of the parking lot near a dumpster. As families parked cars and piled out, they noticed him rummaging through the trash. “Oh no! I don’t believe it,” whispered a lady to her husband. “That’s all we need — a bunch of homeless people milling around here.”

 

One worried little girl tugged on her dad’s sleeve. “But Daddy…”

 

Daddy was busy sizing up the bearded stranger, whose baggy, outdated trousers and faded flannel shirt had dusted too many park benches.

 

“Don’t stare at him, honey,” he whispered, and hurried her inside.

 

Soft music filled the high-ceiling sanctuary as churchgoers settled into their usual spots. The choir sang an opening chorus, “In His presence there is comfort … in His presence there is peace…”.

 

Sunlight suddenly flooded the center aisle. The double doors swung open and the homeless man, sloppy and stooped, headed toward the front.

 

“Oh no, it’s him!” somebody muttered.

 

“What does he think he’s doing, anyway?” snapped an incredulous usher.

 

The stranger set his bagful of dumpster treasures on the very first pew which had been upholstered in an expensive soft teal fabric just three months ago. The music stopped. And before anyone had a chance to react, he ambled up the stairs and stood behind the fine, handcrafted oak podium, where he faced a wide-eyed congregation.

 

The disheveled stranger spoke haltingly at first, in a low, clear voice. Unbuttoning and removing his top layer of clothing, he described Jesus, and the love He has for all people.

 

“Jesus possesses a sensitivity and love that far surpasses what any of us deserves.”

 

Stepping out of the baggy old trousers, the stranger went on to describe a forgiveness that is available to each and every one of us…without strings attached.

 

“Unconditionally He loves us. Unconditionally He gave His very life for us. Unconditionally and forever, we can have the peace and assurance that no matter who we are, where we’ve come from, or how badly we may have mistreated others or ourselves, there is hope.”

 

“In Jesus, there is always hope.”

 

“You see, my friends, it is never too late to change,” the man continued.

 

“He is the Author of change, and the Provider of forgiveness. He came to bring new meaning to ‘life’.”

 

Men and women squirmed as reality hit them like an electrical current. The stranger tugged at his knotted gray beard, and removed it.

 

“I’m here to tell you that we are loved with a love far beyond human understanding, a love that enables us to accept and love others in return.” Then tenderly he added, “Let’s pray together.”

 

That wise pastor – under the guise of a homeless “nobody” – did not preach a sermon that day, but every person left with plenty to think about.

 

— Author- Unknown

Guilty….

All of us with access to Social media, are well aware that some pretty mean and ugly things are seen on our walls.   One can only imagine the stuff that is zipped under the radar or even stated in our personal circle of friends!  We have become a society that thrives on the negative attributes, faults, and failures of others.

Some time ago…I posted about a group of men who nearly always met up at a certain table each day; apparently a tradition that had been going on for years. A young couple eating at a nearby table enjoyed watching and listening to them noisily debate about daily current events and catch up with each other. They seemed to have great camaraderie. When one would leave another would come sauntering into their loose knit lunch club until it was time for them to get back to work.

On one particular day the couple was being pretty attentive to them when one man left. As soon as he was out of earshot they began to have him for lunch. Evidently he was not well liked but from the way they acted when he was there no one would have known.  The couple was so surprised. Did they always do that to whoever was not present? After this  event…they said that they would never look upon that group of men the same way. Ever!

They also began to think; did that ever happened to them after they left a group? Worse still, had they ever been guilty of it themselves? Unfortunately, they admitted they had.

In James 4:11 ESV we are told…. Do not speak evil against one another, brothers. The one who speaks against a brother or judges his brother, speaks evil against the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge.  This verse returns to the main sin condemned by James—the sin of the tongue. Here evil speaking is put in an awful light. He says to speak evil of a brother is to be his judge, and that is the same as speaking evil of the law, and judging the law. This is putting oneself over the Lord Himself, who is the one lawgiver and judge.

No doubt there is a great deal of harsh speaking about and to one another.  Too much of our speech is overly critical, and prone to finding fault. Sadly, we still find this uncharitable spirit very prevalent today among those in the church body.

Evil speaking helps no one…..some seem to think that by speaking evil of others they raise themselves in the opinion of those who listen to them. This is never so. No one likes a super critical, fault finding person, and it is sure to turn back on one’s own head in time. To speak evil helps no one, but definitely injures three people: the speaker, the one spoken to, and the one spoken of.

All men are fallible —none are perfect; so, it is possible to find fault with any man/woman,  if one is looking for fault. Great men and women of God have been criticized for the silliest things; they way they dress, for the way they pronounce a word; being too nice, and even the way they wave their arm or even hold their Bible.  To speak evil of a servant of the Lord is serious.

I’m sure that you aren’t suprised…they spoke evil of the best they spoke evil of Paul. The devil spoke evil of God in Genesis 3. They spoke evil of Christ, too. They said, “This man received sinners, and eateth with them” (Luke 15:2). The Pharisees called Him a sinner in John 9:24. So, do not be surprised if some speak evil of you and I. It is not pleasant to experience, but there is some consolation in knowing that many far better than us, experienced it, too.

There are many ways to speak evil of others intentionally or unintentionally:

False accusation The worst form of evil speaking is the willful false accusation, the spreading abroad of a plain lie.

Exaggeration  A brother has a fault. Let us be careful not to make it worse than it is. There is a danger, if a brother falls into something, of picturing him as being habitual in it.  Example: If a man takes a drink, does that mean that he is a drunkard? No.

Real faults If a brother has real faults, these need not be repeated or broadcast. “Love shall cover the multitude of sins”(1 Pet. 4:8).

We all have faults of our own. You know the old adage, “A man living in a glass house should not throw stones.” If we have not been severe on ourselves, we have no right to be severe on others. Some speak evil of others in order to ease their conscience concerning their own stuff….of which one would be talking about the brother/sister in Christ.

Then there is Mock sympathy…… this is a very sinister way of speaking evil. It is to profess great sympathy for the erring person. “Poor sister so-and-so, she fell into this terrible sin; isn’t it too bad”.  This is poison mixed with sweet liquor and served in a golden cup. Nice language, perhaps truth, yet positive disobedience because it is evil speaking.

It is lofty opinions of self that cause us to embark on the path of fault finding. If we can refrain from evil speaking, we have won a great victory. Evil speaking grieves the Spirit (Eph. 4:30). If not laid aside we will not prosper as Christians..(1 Pet. 2:1- 2). Much fruit in God’s garden has been choked out by that awful weed, evil speaking.

He that speaks evil of his brother judgeth his brother, and the Lord Jesus says, “Judge not, that ye be not judged”

(Matt. 7:1-5).

If it is your choice to pass judgment on someone, be very careful as to it all. Don’t be hard or uncharitable.  Don’t try to judge a persons motives. We cannot look into their heart. Let us take the most charitable view possible, and give the judged the benefit of the doubt. If the act is positively known or not, let us refuse to pass judgment.

To speak evil of a brother is to put oneself above God; to put oneself on His judgment seat. Such a one must think himself superior. He is not a humble man, who so exalts himself. Remember the old saying, “What goes up must come down” .  Are we all Fallible/Guilty of sin?  Yes, we All are!