Posted by: everynation | March 30, 2011

Be Careful who you Judge

By Steve Murrell

Consider the following next time you think you have a bead on someone’s bad motive.

“The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but THE LORD LOOKS AT THE HEART” (1Sam 16:7)

The Lord looked at David’s heart and apparently liked what he saw. But Eliab, David’s oldest brother, looked at the same heart and wrongly judged, “I know how CONCEITED you are and how WICKED your HEART is” (1Sam 17:28)

We never really know the motive of someone’s heart, so we need to be careful how we judge. What looks like a conceited and wicked heart might actually be the exact opposite. So, let’s believe the best and leave heart judgments to God.

NOTE: This blog is simply a comment from my morning Bible reading. It is not a reaction to any contemporary issue, person, book or theological error.

Steve Murrell is the senior pastor of Victory Manila, Philippines; a director of the Real Life Foundation ; and the co-founder and president of Every Nation, a worldwide family of churches and ministries.


  1. Thanks for sharing this P. Steve. It is truly comforting and a great reminder as well.

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