|This is not the man I describe, but one in similar condition|
And no matter how hot it is, he’s wearing an enormous parka.
I have to hold my breath when I walk past—the stench of urine, alcohol, mud and excrement gags me otherwise.
I pray for him and wonder if I would venture closer if I could speak his language.
When I read 1 Samuel 16:7 yesterday, I thought of him.
“People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” (NIV)
I’m not assuming that this man has a good heart…he may not. But those of us who pass him by, looking clean and presentable, may not either. Perhaps we’re covered with the odors of self-righteousness, greed, immorality, hatred, and jealousy.
So today I’m asking God to examine my heart and show me what makes Him hold his nose when I pass by. May we be sweet smelling to our Lord!
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