The Lord Looks at the Heart (1 Samuel 16:7)

In 1 Samuel 16:7, God speaks to the prophet Samuel, saying, "The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart." This verse occurs when Samuel is sent to anoint the next king of Israel. He sees Jesse’s sons and is impressed by their appearance, especially Eliab. However, God reminds Samuel that He values the heart over outward appearances. Ultimately, God chooses David, the youngest and seemingly least likely, because of his heart. This context highlights an essential truth about how God sees us. While humans often judge based on looks, status, or achievements, God looks deeper. He sees our intentions, our faith, and our true character. David, though young and overlooked by others, had a heart that sought after God, and that was what mattered most to Him. Today, this verse speaks to us about the importance of our inner life. In a world that often emphasizes external success and appearances, it is comfor

The Ten Commandments

1. I am the Lord your God; you shall not have strange gods before me

This commandment underscores the exclusive worship of the one true God and prohibits the worship of idols or any other gods.

2. You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain

This commandment requires that the name of God be treated with reverence and respect, prohibiting its use in curses, frivolous speech, or false oaths.

3. Remember to keep holy the Lord’s Day

In the modern world, this commandment calls for reserving Sundays for spiritual reflection and rest from unnecessary work.

4. Honor your father and your mother

This commandment emphasizes respect for parents and elders, recognizing their vital role in nurturing and guiding the family.

5. You shall not murder

This commandment prohibits the unjust taking of human life, including abortion, and underscores the importance of respecting human dignity and the sanctity of life.

6. You shall not commit adultery

This commandment upholds the sanctity of marriage by demanding fidelity between spouses.

7. You shall not steal

This commandment forbids taking someone else's property without permission, demanding respect for the rights of others. It explicitly encompasses the use of pirated copies of movies, videos, and other copyrighted materials.

8. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor

This commandment specifically prohibits lying, emphasizing the prohibition against giving false testimony or deceiving others in any way.

9. You shall not covet your neighbor's wife

This commandment prohibits harboring desires or lust for another person's spouse.

10. You shall not covet your neighbor's goods

This commandment directly forbids greed, urging us to resist the desire to possess what belongs to others.

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