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The Rev Andries Combrink is a Presbyterian Minister of the Gospel. He lives in Centurion, South Africa.  He is amongst others a blogger and lyrics writer. To teach the Word of God is his calling,  based on the Reformed tradition. 

 

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John 8:31-32 Jesus said, “If you continue in
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Oct 23

Written by: Andries
Monday, October 23, 2017 4:39:49 AM  RssIcon

Think for a moment what this verse from Holy Scripture means:
1 Samuel 16:7:  "The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
 
The inspired Biblical truth from this verse is
that we humans "look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart."
The “heart” stands for who we really are: our emotions, spirituality, desires, character, integrity, plans, faith and dreams, amongst other things!
 
a) On one level, there is a theological lesson: God loves you for your whole being and not for outwardly appearances and perceptions as humans do.  
Humans judge others on what is visible and sometimes imagined characteristics based on your status, wealth, class, race, gender, age, culture, education and many other tags we are given by others.
But when our hearts are right with God we have a relationship with him and all these worldly tags, stereotypes and prejudices make no difference to the Lord and his love for us.  God looks at the heart.  By grace our Lord receives our faith and welcomes  us into the Kingdom family.
 
b) On a second level, it has an ethical lesson:  We ought to view other people as God views them. We should honour them for what they, by the grace of God, became through their relationship with Christ.
 
People are either our brothers and sisters in the Lord, or
people in need of Christ and his redemption and we should reach out to them with the love of God and the Good News of the Gospel.
  

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