"God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart." (I Samuel 16:7)
On Monday, January 15, 2018, people in the USA celebrated "Martin Luther King Day." We honor many people who have done great things in our nation, even when they are no longer living. The Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.'s message was one of non-violence/peace. One of his statements should be replayed everyday in our minds: "Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness in a descending spiral of destruction" (from his book Strength to Love, 1963).
When a person opens his or her mouth to say something in the presence of others, they either hear kindness or hate, gentleness or anger. The speaker is then judged by his or her words or actions.
Another famous quote of King's is, "A man should be judged not by the color of his skin but by the content of his character." How many times have all of us pre-judged another person by their facial expression, clothing, hair, body shape, etc., before that one opens his/her mouth to say anything? This is wrong in the eyes of God!
For 2018, let us all try to look at others through God's eyes of love, with acceptance in our heart.
Love In His Grace, Anne S. Grace Gift of Grace Ministries firstname.lastname@example.org
"For by grace you have been saved...it is the gift of God" (Ephesians 2:8).