January 21, 2020 – I Corinthians 1:4-8

I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that was given you in Christ Jesus, that in every way you were enriched in Him in all speech and all knowledge— even as the testimony about Christ was confirmed among you— so that you are not lacking in any gift, as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will sustain you to the end, guiltless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. I Corinthians 1:4-8.

How often do you see a brother and sister in Christ and thank God for them and see them through the eyes of Jesus?      When we belong to Christ, part of belonging to Jesus, giving Him our heart is how we see others who belong to Jesus. Looking for the ways they, too, are enriched in Him through speech and knowledge.   Seeing faults is  not what Jesus sees, when He sees you.  He sees you as forgiven. 

But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.  I Samuel 16:7.  This seeing with the heart is in obeying the second greatest command, You shall love your neighbor as yourself. Matthew 22:39.  Jesus proclaimed in John 8:12, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

The presence of Jesus in our hearts gives us His light, singing, ‘This little light of mine, let it shine.”  Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.  Matthew 5:12.

God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. I Corinthians 1:9.