Saturday, May 04, 2013

"Fool" - 04/13/13 - 1 Samuel 15:1-17:31

God judges persons differently than humans do. Men and women look at the face; God looks into the heart.” (16:7)

"You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time."

There are some persons in this world, who have to go to bed each night exhausted.   It is very hard for me to imagine living a life of total pretense of who you are projecting to the world, from who you really are.  Some of them are quite adapt of fooling others.  They manipulate, cover up their lies, play the blame game, bullying their way through.  Life is all about them and what they are able to get out of it for themselves.  They usually don't care who they have to chew up and discard in the process. 
The world's measuring stick is all about "self".  We live in a society where "who" you are, not "whose", is the statuesque.  Think about the questions usually asked upon meeting someone.  "What do you do?",  "Oh, are you related/know who.....?",  "Where do you live?",  "Who is your nanny, housekeeper, groundskeeper?",  "Which country club do you belong to?",  "You are friends with......?" 
And if you have the right answers - you have a new "friend". 
Then think about the different reactions you receive, when it is obvious that you are a Christian.  Some persons are okay with that, others run the opposite direction.  And some will ask the same questions as before - "which church do you belong to?",  etc. 
We all fall victim to the world's measuring stick at some time or the other.  I am constantly reminding myself "whose" I am, not "who". 

Particularly in times of sharing company with persons who are bullies.  The times when I am the only one in the room who isn't on board with the bully and their puppets.  The times when I am attacked and told I am in the wrong. 
I know that I am not to judge where a persons soul is going, but I am able to judge their fruits.  It is through their fruits that we know their hearts.  And the truth does and will prevail. 
Sometimes the evidence of fruit comes out right away and others it may take years, even generations.  That is why it is in God's hands to seek vengeance, revenge.  He is bigger and in total control.  And those of us who are His, we are safe. 
From anything. 
The windows are the eyes to the soul.  If you stop and look closely, if you really listen, and watch - a persons heart - it isn't hidden.  They may think it is, but through their actions, choices, and life - you are able to see their heart. 
Still we are not to judge their hearts - only their fruits. 
We are to pray and love those stone cold hearts.
Love them to Christ. 

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