The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart. 1 Samuel 16:7 NIV
Thoughts for Today
Prejudice can creep into our lives without our awareness of what is happening. Sometimes it’s such a subtle thing that we don’t think anything of it. We might choose one cashier’s line over another because of race or dress or general appearance. In church or any public gathering, we may select seats next to people who “look like us.”
Or we might assume that people with power or wealth are unapproachable to anyone not in their league. This too is judgment based on prejudice, not fact.
People are people. No matter what our skin color, economic status, education or neighborhood. We all want to be loved and respected by other people. We all experience painful times and good times. We all want to be understood.
Have you ever experienced the brunt of prejudice? If so, you understand the hurt that it can bring. Ask God to use that experience to teach you to lay aside all prejudice toward others and, when possible, take time getting to know the real person.
Let us ask God to teach us to look at the heart.
Lord, help me remember that people are people. Help me not to look down on anyone … or to be intimidated by anyone. You are the great equalizer. Jesus died for every person. Every person needs forgiveness. Every person needs Jesus. In my relationships with others, help me move past the outward appearance and see the heart. In Jesus’ name …
These thoughts were drawn from…
One Nation Under God: Toward Race Reconciliation . This study shows that the foundational truth for the entire process of overcoming prejudice is oneness in Christ. This guide discusses the barriers and shows how to make Christ visible through love in action. It also offers the way to strengthen and bond relationships. Note: This curriculum was written especially for small groups and we encourage people to use it that way. However, it can also be used effectively as a personal study for individuals or couples.
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