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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No Impure Motives

Love, Love, and more Love. Is something that we all enjoy, desire, and want in our lives.

True love at its deepest level doesn’t begin in the heart of man, it begins in the heart of Father God. It is a love that gives without compromise or reservation. It is a love that is motivated by the choice to do the highest good for someone else.

Father God, doesn’t have this kind of love. Nope! He is this kind of love. There are no impure motives in His love toward us. It is a holy love. His love for us is consistent, day in and day out. And is consistent with everything that is good and right for us.

His love for us has no limitations. It will not wear out, fade out, or tire out. It doesn’t play favorites, or respond only when we respond to Him. God does not love us today, because we have been good, or because we are a good person. He just loves us because He is love.

Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. Romans 5:5