Matthew 8:17-29 "And Jesus went out, and his disciples, into the towns of Caesarea Philippi: and by the way he asked his disciples, saying unto them, Whom do men say that I am? And they answered, John the Baptist: but some say, Elijah; and others, One of the prophets. And he saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Peter answereth and saith unto him, Thou art the Christ."


Have you ever misjudged someone? Maybe you thought they were stuck-up but later found out they were very friendly. Or perhaps, because of the way they lived or dressed, you thought they were poor only to discover later that they were actually quite wealthy. Sometimes we are too quick to judge others by appearance alone. That is one reason a Christian needs to always be careful how he looks and what he does. Others are watching our lives and judging us by what we do, the things we say, the places we go and even the clothes that we wear.

I have often wondered how others perceived me, and on a few rare occasions I have been told! (I have been told by several people that they thought I was stuck-up before they got to know me. ) It is only natural to wonder what other people think about us. Even Jesus asked His disciples who men were saying He was. Their answer was: John The Baptist, Elias and one of the prophets. Jesus then asked them who they thought He was. Jesus knew the answer to these questions but still, He wanted to hear them say it.

There is nothing wrong with wanting to know how others see us or to want others to think well of us, but we should be careful not to fall into the trap of "trying to please" others just for the sake of making them like us. While we should be careful of our appearance and our habits, we should also know in our hearts who we are. If we know this, it won't matter so much what others think about us.

Proverbs 16:9
"A man's heart deviseth his way."

Proverbs 23:7
"For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he."

Ask someone you trust and respect what they think your best attributes are. Then ask them what they see about you that needs improving. Sometimes others who live with us and watch us everyday see our good points and our flaws much clearer than we can see ourselves. Don't be surprised at what you hear about yourself and don't get mad or hurt! Remember, this is an exercise for improvement not a quest for flattery!

(P.S. I have found from experience that it is best NOT
to ask your spouse these questions!)



Lord, when others look at me,
I wonder what it is they see.
Can they see my love for God,
Or do they think it's a facade?
I'll be careful what I say,
And places that I go today.
In how I look and what I do,
In all may I glorify You.
So if my heart devise my way,
Lord, keep my heart pure today!






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