“The Lord does not look at the things people look at.” What a powerful statement. The world around us looks at our outward appearance. The Lord looks at our hearts. This is such an important realization to make in our lives. We can meditate on the fact that God is not looking at what others look at. He is evaluating who we are and what we stand for by the way our heart is postured. We must ask ourselves what is in our hearts? Is it the fruits of the Spirit? Galatians 5:22-23 tells us what those fruits are. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” We are called to be and live in this way in all we do. Let us focus on what God looks for and not what the world seeks.
1 Samuel 16:7 NIV
Considerations for your planner:
- How are you looking inward to build the fruits of the Spirit? Write down what outward appearances are driven by the world’s judgments.
A Prayer for Our Community:
Heavenly Father, Please help us to search our own hearts as You search our hearts. We want You to seek and find our hearts to be postured toward You in all we do and say. Give us the strength to move away from worldly validation and seek only Yours. We love you. Thank You for looking at what makes us, so that we can set our focus there as well. Amen.
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