Yesterday I had a challenge from someone close to me, and a couple of amazing conversations after church. I love how God works!
Luke 6: 45 says, "45 A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of."
1 Samuel 16:7 says, "7 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.”
These Scriptures say that whatever is in your heart comes out. And, God looks at our hearts, not our outward appearance.
When we sin, our hearts motivation is looked at. (By God.)
So, let's take worry vs. complaining. Worry is tormenting yourself over disturbing thoughts that come from fear. Complaining is verbalizing those worries and or expressing dissatisfaction.
These are both very negative. You actually end up tormenting yourself and others. They are both very distracting, waste time, and completely avoidable. Not to mention the fact that they both make it seem as if you do not trust God. Your heart is focused on the wrong things.
The Bible says for us to not kill, right? But if someone breaks into your home in the middle of the night, you shoot and kill them, is that a sin? What was your heart's motivation? To protect yourself and your family.
I am not justifying sin. I am not saying it's ok to sin. My biggest point here is this:
WRITE THIS DOWN:
We have NO right to judge sin. That's God's job.
God looks at the heart of the sinner. We look at the actions.
We are all on our own journey in life. Some are further than others. We need to be helping each other along, not pointing fingers and judging.