As in water face reflects face, so the heart of man reflects man. Proverbs 27:19 (NASB)
“Don’t judge a book by its cover!” is a well known saying that most folk have heard at some point. Indeed many have used it in defence of a book, or most likely a new acquaintance. On the contrary we are also warned that “first appearances matter,” often referring to a job interview or even a first date. If we are to make any judgement based on these two sayings we must be wise regarding our final decision.
We don’t want to be embarrassed like a congregation found themselves on one Sunday morning. They were expecting a renowned missionary speaker when in walked a filthy smelly homeless guy in rags. He had the scruffiest looking mongrel on a rope and a fistful of bulging carrier bags. It was like the parting of the Red Sea as folk grumbled and moved away from the offending creature. At first he sat at the back, then as the service was about to start he walked up aisle to the front to the sound of much tutting. The elders who were wondering where their guest was soon found their answer before their eyes. The scruff and his mutt took to the platform and introduced themselves. It had been an exercise in not judging others which made a powerful impact. There were some red faces that day!
Dear reader, as a mirror reflects the face, our behaviour towards other people reflects the state of our heart. Let our hearts be filled with holy desire to be like our Saviour Jesus Christ. Then our appearance before others will be genuine and caring, an attractive reflection that can lead sinners to our Saviour.
NOTE: By the hand of God our sister Ruth has written a poem on the same subject which I recommend highly.