|Olive Garden - heart|
When I think about listening to a person with the "ears of my heart" I think of focusing into the soul of the person. So how do we do that? We can't. God can. For a long time now, God has convicted me that each person I meet (whether I like them or not) is of special value to Him. He loves them just as He loves me. He called me while I was a sinner, loved me and forgave me. He calls me to do the same for others. I am not God and I still am a self-centered sinner so by my own means I am not able to hear beyond words... to hear the deep cries of the heart.
I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, Eph 3:16
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This past weekend at church when we did our hand-shake thing, I saw a dear friend who's husband has cancer in his throat. She was pretty devastated as he could barely talk and not able to eat or drink plus undergoing of all the side effects of the treatments. After the service I prayed with her but felt incredibly inadequate to have words of comfort for her. As I prayed out loud with her, I was praying from my heart to the Lord asking Him to provide the comfort that was beyond me. When we finished a woman approached and apologized for interrupting but her husband had cancer and it is 2 years now and things are looking good. She gave wonderful encouraging words. I just praised the Lord for the comfort that she brought.
But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”1Samuel 16:7