09 Oct “People Can Be So Bright and Bubbly, but …”
… what is going on inside of them can be quite different! It is truly a heartache to know that when you are conversing with them, you can be totally oblivious (unaware) of what is really going on in their lives, and their emotional state. You may see someone week after week, and not know them. Everyone has an “outside.” They can be bright and cheery, quiet and peaceful, and perhaps quiet, but filled with anger over life in general. Everybody has an “inside,” as well.
“Inside” Biblical Examples: Peter said, “Jesus, I will die for you, or with you” (paraphrased). Jesus looked at him and told him, “Pete, before morning comes, you will deny Me three times.” Essentially, Peter denied that statement, “Not me, Jesus!” Yet, Jesus’ words were truer than Peter could ever have imagined. Indeed, before the rooster crowed, Peter had denied Jesus three times.
Here are some of my observations on the person you meet, but that is not who they really are:
- First Impressions are important, but they can be deceiving. Someone can act so differently than who they really.
- When meeting someone, I note their eyes, for it is often a mirror into what is happening inside of them.
- Many people don’t even know themselves, so how could you possibly understand what is going on inside their mental and emotional states?
- Someone you have known from the past, may be totally different now. Circumstances, health, financial health, trauma, grief, or a joyous event, can have a direct bearing on who they are.
- You may know someone, even a family member, but remember this. Life changes, and people can change with the circumstances that are happening in their life.
- It takes time and a true interest in a person to really begin to understand the way they think, as well as their true attitudes.
- We should be willing to invest the time in people. It is the first step in opening eternal life in Heaven for them.
- We have been given tools from the Holy Spirit — Discerning of spirits … a word of knowledge … and a word of wisdom. 1 Corinthians 12:7-11
- Jeremiah 17:9, 10 — “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked, who can know it? I the Lord, search the heart. I test the mind, even to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his doings.”
Dear ones, let us love each other enough to really become good friends with each other!