Whether you’re 17 or 70, and whether you feel like an outcast or not, Jesus promises that whenever we call on him in his name, he will hear us. In Jesus, we don’t ever need to give up on ourselves or on those we love.
Lord, sometimes we don’t feel that we belong in this entire world, or even in yours. Help us to know that you are always with us and that you hear us when we cry. In Jesus, Amen.
Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart. 1 Samuel 16:7
For some of us, that’s bad news. We spend a lot of time on outward appearance. We try to cover our ance and wrinkles: we buy fashionable clothing: we spend millions of dollars on keeping in shape. And after all that, we’re now told it doesn’t impress the Lord! Jesus came to give all of us new hearts. He wants to re-make us from the inside out. That’s what we need to be concerned with too. No matter what we look like on the outside, through Jesus we can become beautiful on the inside. And if our hearts are right in Jesus, we are fit to rule with him for eternity.
Lord, forgive us for the way we often judge others and ourselves by outward appearances. Help us to look at, and care for, the hearts of others—and our own. In Jesus, Amen.