Hello, child of the most High God!
Do not let your adornment be merely outward—arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel—rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God. (1 Pet 3:2-3 NKJV)
Of course, we are all concerned with our outward appearance! We want to make a clean, well-groomed, and appealing impression upon others. That’s a good motivator.
But our primary focus should be upon our inner attributes—the attitudes of the heart. There is a timeless appeal in a gentle and quiet spirit—for both men and women. This heart attitude is precious to God. (1 Tim 2:9-10) Let’s put God’s opinion of us before any human being’s opinion, and try to please Him above everyone else.
If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. (Rom 12:18)
If we desire to remain at peace with everyone, it helps us to maintain a calm and peaceful heart—in our hidden person. When we do, it’s a sure thing that other people will be attracted to us, as well!
Who are you to judge another’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls. Indeed, he will be made to stand, for God is able to make him stand. (8) For if we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. Therefore, whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s. (Romans 14:4, 8 NKJV – underscoring added)
We must not judge our brothers and sisters in Christ harshly. They are God’s servants—not ours. God’s Spirit in us brings unity and harmony, peace and understanding. We should not walk in strife, criticism, envy, or division. Those things do not flow from the heart of God. They come from the enemy of our souls in order to create division.
See the brothers and sisters in Christ through God’s eyes. God sees each of His children as He ordained them to be: VICTORIOUS! He sees them as having already fulfilled the tasks that He has assigned to them. He sees each one of us through His love, His mercy, and His plan for us.
Allow yourself, by the power of the Holy Spirit, to see past the outward appearance to the hidden hurts and challenges with which every human being must deal. All human beings have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory. No one is exempt from pain, trial, or testing.
Remember, the Bible says that God is able to make His servants STAND. (Verse at top of post.) He will enable and empower each one of us to stand, as we trust Him and obey His Word daily. The Good News says: Whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s. (Rom 14:8) You are God’s child; rejoice in that! Ask God to give you grace to walk in peace and harmony with your brothers and sisters in Christ, and then rejoice that He has answered you.
Hello and welcome! Today we’re considering a new way of beholding, observing, or regarding.
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.” (1 Sam 16:7)
In these verses, we’re reminded that God knows our hearts and regards each of us according to His unique, all-encompassing point of view. He knows each and every one of us better than we know ourselves!
In 2 Corinthians, the writer admits that even though he used to regard Jesus from a human point of view, he does so no longer. Why is this important? Perhaps because the Holy Spirit was able give Paul revelation into Jesus’ identity as Messiah, Refuge, High Tower, Rock, etc., etc. In other words, the Holy Spirit can accurately show us more than we can ever observe or learn on our own.
God sees us as we truly are—as who He created us to be; and His perception of each one of us is accurate!
God’s TRUTH (His Word) says that we are:
- God’s children (John 1:12)
- Set free (Romans 6:18, 22)
- Redeemed (Luke 1:68; Gal. 3:13)
- Accepted in the beloved (Ephesians 1:6)
- Made strong (Acts 3:16; 2 Cor. 13:9)
- Justified (Romans 5:1)
- Healed (1 Peter 2:24)
- His seed (Romans 11:1; 1 John 3:9)
- His representatives (Matt. 28:19;John 8:31; 13:35)
Adopt a new point of view concerning yourself, and it will change EVERYTHING! See yourself the way that God sees you, and it will revolutionize your life!