As children of the Lord we are to love others with the love of God and
treat all people the way we ourselves would want to be treated. There are
times when we treat others a certain way based upon what we see with our
physical eyes instead of first looking at their heart and character. We
must remember that the love that we receive from the Lord is unconditional
and given by His grace. If God loves unconditionally and looks at the
heart and we are an extension of Him on the earth, then we must love
unconditionally as well. The Bible says that God looks not at the physical
stature of a person, but looks at the heart. Be encouraged to let God's
light shine through you and be an extension of Him at all times never
wavering from showing His Perfect Love. (Luke 6:31) (1 Samuel 16:7)
I hope you are encouraged by today's message to not place so much emphasis
on the physical being, but rather do as God does and look more at the heart
of a person.
When my son was 11 years old, he got a small job helping out with a
traveling carnival while it was in our town.
He didn't come home at lunch time, phoning instead to tell me he was fine
and had found a few days work helping out at an exhibit. He turned up for
supper as usual however after he finished work later in the day.
I asked him how he had managed at lunch and he told me he had made some new
friends at the carnival, some young men who were twin brothers, and their
mom and dad. They had paid him a few dollars and invited him for lunch in
return for helping them set up their exhibit and wanted him to return the
next day to help with other chores.
I was glad he had found new friends but a little apprehensive about the
type of people that might be traveling in a carnival.
"Oh Mom, these are just normal everyday people like anyone else. They just
work at a carnival instead of in a store or something. Come down tomorrow
and meet them yourself," he said.
So the next day I went to the carnival and to the exhibit he had directed
me to. The twin brothers turned out to be Siamese twins, joined at the chest.
He hadn't thought this fact was noteworthy enough to mention. When I
brought it to him he said, "Yes, I noticed that too. Do you know that
their mom has to make all their clothes because it's so difficult to find
anything to fit them? They're also really good cooks. Today, Joe, the one
on the right, made me spaghetti for lunch."
What others see first in a person (or persons) is not what a child
Where I saw Siamese twins, he saw people having difficulty buying clothes
that fit, and young men who were good cooks.
It was a lesson I have thought about many times over the years.
By Charlotte Mansfield
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Romans 12:4 "For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that
is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think;
but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure
Romans 12:15-18 "Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them
that weep. Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things,
but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.
Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of
all men. If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with
Isaiah 64:6-8 "But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our
righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our
iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away. And there is none that
calleth upon Thy name, that stirreth up himself to take hold of Thee: for
Thou hast hid Thy face from us, and hast consumed us, because of our
iniquities. But now, O LORD, Thou art our Father; we are the clay, and
Thou our potter; and we all are the work of Thy hand."
1 Chronicles 4:10 "And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that
Thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that Thine hand
might be with me, and that Thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not
grieve me! And God granted him that which he requested."
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today's Selected Poem: APPRECIATE WHAT YOU HAVE
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Today's Selected Testimony: GOD SAVED MY DAD
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In Christ's Service,
Gods Work Ministry