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Straight to the Heart

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Something has been on my heart for a while now, and I have learned in the past that when the Holy Spirit nudges me, I need to act.  So here I am, Lord.  I pray that these words touch the hearts that need to hear them.

One Saturday, as I was heading into my usual grocery store, my eyes fell upon a person that by the world’s standards, might not be considered physically attractive.  I have learned to get to know someone by what is in their heart, however, it is a fact that we are all different…some more attractive than others.  Many people were born with a disability or maybe a deformity of what we would consider “normal.”

I asked the Lord why some people were more beautiful or attractive, that it didn’t seem “fair” to me.  As quickly as I asked the question, I received his reply.

“I don’t see beauty the same way the world sees beauty.”

I realized that everything that we “see” with our human eyes is veiled.  We think we “know” and we think we “see”, however we do not see or know with the fullness that God does.  Although I should have already been aware of this, something in my spirit finally clicked.

God sees the beauty in each of the souls that he created; he knows the journey of each one of us, and he loves us for our uniqueness.  He knows the depths of our hearts, the source of our joy, and also the source of our sorrow, pain, and sin.

The Lord looks past the physical, and sees our hearts.

Wow.

Thinking about what the Lord communicated to me, it led me to think about another question I have harbored.

I used to wonder how “holy” people of God could be loving to those who are living in obvious sin; those that are rebellious and irreverent; those who refuse to open their hearts to the Lord.  Don’t get me wrong, I already knew that we all need to love everyone, including our enemies, however my question was how to act toward those we are in personal contact with who are “undesirable” or outwardly sinful in their behavior.  I did not understand how to be loving without seeming to condone their behavior.

In the past, those questions and the uncomfortable position those encounters would place me in, led me to avoid the encounters as much as I could. I would pray for the people I deemed to be living in rebellion and sin, and would generally just keep my distance from them.

Now I am learning to see through the eyes of the Holy Spirit.  No longer do I judge by the outward appearance of rebellion or by sinful acts.  I am learning to look past all that, to look deeper into the heart of the person.  I strive to look past everything, all the walls they are putting up, and look for the Jesus in them.

The most loving thing you can do is to let someone know that you see a spark of goodness in them; that you see Jesus in them.  No matter what they “look like” on the outside.

You may be the first or only person that ever conveys that piece of hope to them.

They might not accept the saving Truth of Jesus that you are sharing with them at that time, however, I can promise you, when you are a vessel of the merciful and saving love of Christ, that love will make an impact.

As Christians, let’s start looking past what we see in the physical, and start looking for Jesus in every heart and every situation that we encounter.

 

 

He hath made everything beautiful in its time: also he hath set eternity in their heart, yet so that man cannot find out the work that God hath done from the beginning even to the end.  Ecclesiastes 3:11

But the LORD said to Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD sees not as man sees; for man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart.  1 Samuel 16:7

Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and [that] the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?  1 Cor 3:16

 

 

 

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15 thoughts on “Straight to the Heart

  1. I often try to think of a positive for people I encounter. However small, it can be an encouragement to them when most needed.

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    • Mindy, thanks so much for reading and taking the time to comment:-)

      You have always been that way…finding good in everyone, and helping them to feel comfortable just “being.”

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  2. Thank you dear friend, for a very candid and needed reminder.

    Perhaps this may help:

    The issue of “taking up one’s Cross” and necessarily following Christ is often overlooked; but of critical significance.

    Everything that happens is either caused by God, or permitted by God for one of two reasons:

    1. For the possible Glory of God {Isaiah 43: verses 7 & 21}

    2. For our POSSIBLE sanctification:

    If God permits one to suffer {greatly or just a bit} we can merit GRACE by accepting that Cross. If and when we do: God is Glorified for giving us the opportunity and we are sanctified. IF we complain, reject or curse the Cross; we LOSE out; BUT Christ remains Glorified for giving us the opportunity for His Grace.

    Suffering is the NORM of the human condition because it is a means and an opportunity for God grace.

    God Bless you!
    Patrick
    working4christtwo

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  3. You are so right; taking up one’s cross is of critical significance to our walk with Christ.

    My priest once told me that our heaviest crosses have the opportunity to be our biggest blessings.

    God bless you!
    Bernadette

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  4. You truly are gracious in writing, even when the topic is not so good!

    Lots of Love
    Vinodhini

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  5. Bernadette, God has taught me this in so many ways and I have learned how to see the “Heart”. Bless you for this beautiful and timely post for me. I thank you. Love, Amy

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  6. Sorry my reply to this is late, but have been a little under the weather. I just wanted to let you know, how touching this post is. I love God’s reply to you. We need to see “beauty” in everything that walks, talks, breathes, or sways in the wind. As it all is a creation of our Lord, a work of His hands. As I was reading this, I think I understood God’s reply to you, and why He see’s beauty differently. He sees everything as a “work of His hands.” We see it as we want to. Great post and I enjoyed reading this so much! God Bless, SR

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  7. “He sees everything as a “work of His hands.” So true!!!

    And you are so right, there is beauty all around us in God’s creation!

    For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse. Romans 1:20

    Hope you are feeling better!
    Blessings and love,
    Bernadette

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  8. If only the world had a few more people to think in the same way! I always want to look behind what my eyes see, I try to look at the heart, understand what it’s said and never judge others based on their appearance. I talk to everyone but would rather to friend some special people because they look better. I know it’s completely wrong and that’s causing me a problem with my current friends.

    I like that you keep asking questions about life and the way people live, the answer is always there inside you, you just need to look for it and embrace it. I have many questions, yet I have the answers.. it’s just a matter of knowing “why” and accepting things for what they are. 🙂

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    • Ahmed,

      Thanks so much for reading and taking the time to leave such a thoughtful comment!

      Yes, I am always asking questions and always looking for ways to be a more loving person. And you are right…most of the time the answers are right there all along, we just need to open our eyes, ears and hearts to discover those answers. And, I believe, the true answer (saving grace and mercy of Jesus) always involves looking outwards…away from ourselves.

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  9. Message received! Have a blessed day!

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