OF LOOKS AND LOVE by PAMELA JOHNSON
I don’t like how they look but I sure like how they taste!!! ?? That’s my feeling about Cardamon Allspice Fig Filled Donuts with a Brown Sugar and Cinnamon Topping.
It is true that we judge food by how it looks first and then by how it tastes. Yes, we eat with our eyes, but looks can be deceptive. I have applied both the eye test and the taste test. I have tasted food pleasing to the eye that tasted horrible and I have tasted food unpleasing to the eye that tasted delicious. So, I have come to the conclusion that it is best to use both methods.
When it comes right down to it, looks can be deceiving when it comes to love. People often form judgments about others based on outward appearances. My husband when he first met me thought I was mean as every time he saw me I was frowning. ? When he finally worked up the nerve to say “Hello” and we engaged in a conversation, he was shocked at how warm I was.
Later, he asked the reason for my angry appearance. I explained to him I was not frowning because I was unhappy or angry but during that time I was dealing with an injury that was causing me grief and mobility was a challenge. After revealing the truth about my frowns, ? he said, “I would have missed out on the best thing in my life if I had judged you based on outward appearances. Thank God for helping me to look past the outside to get a glimpse of the inside.”* ?✨
Almost all of us get tripped up by what the eyes can see. Recall the story in I Samuel, chapter 16 of the prophet Samuel when God sent him to anoint a king for Israel from the sons of Jesse. When he saw the first son, Eliab, and how great he looked, he thought, “This man standing in the LORD’s presence is surely the one he has chosen” (v. 6). But the LORD’s swift reply was:
“Pay no attention to how tall and handsome he is. I have rejected him, because I do not judge as people judge. They look at the outward appearance but I look at the heart” (v. 7 – Good News Bible). The Living Bible says God looks at our “thoughts and intentions”.
You would have thought that a prophet of Samuel’s pedigree would always see things as God does but alas, he was a human being too, like the rest of us. Eventually, the youngest son, David, whom the family didn’t even invite originally to the meeting was anointed king.
Some people misinterpret this to mean that good looks are evil but that is wrong. An attractive appearance is helpful. It can draw attention and open doors for those who have it. It also gives joy to those who behold it, like a beautiful landscape, flowers or paintings, but much more since we are talking of human beings.
And for the avoidance of doubt, God is not against good looks. After all, he made the world and the people beautiful. Even David whom He chose was described as “a fine looking boy, ruddy-faced, and with pleasant eyes” (v. 12 – The Living Bible). So He didn’t reject Eliab because he was handsome but because his heart was not right. If we look good and honour God, if we let him purge our hearts of evil, we’ll be alright. However, if we look good but we are vain, selfish and what have you, man may be deceived but God will always see past our pleasant exterior to the rot within.
The real moral of the story, therefore, is: Do not use ?visual appearances as the only means to form judgments about others. Always get to the heart of the matter. Indulge in conversation and then you will get a taste of what is in their heart as that is where love is found. You never know you might end up like my husband ? singing, “What’s this magic that I feel inside? So exciting when I’m close to you. … Hypnotized by what’s inside of you.” Those soulful WHISPERS knew what they were talking about. My beautiful husband will be loving desert tonight…???
Share love now, not later, and do not judge by outward appearances alone. Get to the heart of the matter and “whatever you do, do it with kindness and love” (1 Corinthians 16:14 – The Livivg Bible).
ABOUT THE WRITER:
Pamela Johnson, who also goes by the pen name Beaute’ Naturelle, has been teaching and preaching the Word of God since she was ten years old. Growing up she was very active in the church as a Sunday School Teacher and choir member. Pamela and her beautiful husband as she refers to him, Hereford, are both ordained ministers and they are blessed with two loving children. One of their favourite sayings is, “Practice what we preach. When the world sees this in action, they will see the true love of Jesus and perhaps find themselves attracted to Christ too.”
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