The Lens of Love

The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart. – (1 Samuel 16:7b, NLT)

God doesn’t look at what people see. People judge by what is on the outside, but the Lord looks at the heart. – (1 Samuel 16:7b, ERV)

God doesn’t look at things like humans do. Humans only see what is visible to the eyes, but the Lord sees into the heart. – (1 Samuel 16:7b, CEB)

 

I am so grateful that God sees beyond the exterior that we present to the world and gets to the heart of the matter. He sees faith, hope and love, even when the world cannot. God will take the smallest seed of good and grow it into something greater. People tend to notice faults, whereas God sees strength and beauty and potential in the glory of His created. The more we seek and depend on Him, the more we begin to see others through His eyes. May we pursue the Lord with our whole hearts so that we may see others through the lens of His love.

 

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Of all those you see;

But look at the heart,

And love lavishly.

For that which is seen,

It never will last;

Yet the heart God sees,

Created, steadfast.

Let’s look at others,

Through Love’s lavish lens;

To see true beauty,

And choose grace extend.

 

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You do not look at us the same way that people do. Thank You that You look past how things appear and get straight to the heart. You see and You know the heart of the matter, and You love us through it all. Thank You that Your love shows us how we are meant to love one another. Forgive us for the times that we judge people or circumstances based on what we see. Teach us to trust You more, so that we would look to You to learn the heart rather than superficial appearances. Show us how to see others through Your lens of love so that we can extend the same goodness and grace to others that we have so generously been given. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we seek to see others through Your lens of love. Amen.

 

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present

 

They will celebrate Your abundant goodness and joyfully sing of Your righteousness. – Psalm 145:7

Judge Not

image by Georgy

image by Georgy

There are some matters,

not in black and white;

but must come from God,

to know what is right.

Some eat whatever,

their cravings desire;

while others, believe,

those will lead to fire.

We are not to judge,

sisters and brothers;

instead, let us not,

be snares for others.

For we will appear,

before God one day;

on our bended knees,

to hear what He’ll say.

Judge not and be not,

a stumbling block;

love each other well,

and cling to the Rock.

For when we serve God,

let Him be the judge,

peace and joy we’ll find,

heed His gentle nudge.

(Responding to Romans 14:10-18)

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You know us so intimately that You are willing to tell us, individually, what is the very best for us, in all circumstances that are not clearly established in Your word.  Thank You that we are not all the same; that You have created us with different strengths, weaknesses, gifts, and obstacles to overcome, so that we may sharpen and grow one another in You.  Forgive us for passing judgment on others, and help us to place that role in Your hands alone.  Teach us to hear from You clearly, and to walk in forgiveness and grace, as we have been forgiven and extended Your ongoing grace so generously.  Lead us to love lavishly, as You so love us.  May the very way we live, lead many unto You and Your amazing grace.  Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present