Daily Devotional Bible Verse

From now on, therefore, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we once regarded Christ according to the flesh, we regard him thus no longer. (2 Corinthians 5:16 ESV)

Have you ever just sat and talked with a homeless person? If you do, you’ll often find that they were a lot like you and I until an unfortunate series of events happened. Their exterior may be hard and weathered on the outside, but inside they are like the rest of us.

“You can’t judge a book by it’s cover” is a commonly used phrase. For the most part, it’s a very accurate concept. One doesn’t really know who a person is by their outward appearance. Time, effort, and intentionality are required to build a relationship with someone and to truly know them. Paul tells the Church in Corinth that he doesn’t judge people by their outward appearance, instead he looks at people through their spiritual condition. He “judges” them by what’s in their heart.

Asking God to help us view people the way Paul does can help us immensely in our relationship with others. God loves and cares for them the same way he does for us. It is our responsibility to uplift them and encourage them as we all allow God to mold and shape us into the people God has made us to be. Our view of the souls around us should reflect the view God has towards us.

Have you been looking only skin deep?