All that glitters is not gold. Don’t judge a book by it’s cover. These are phrases that we have each heard in our lives that teach us to be careful. To look. To listen. To dig deeper than outward appearances. To really search the trust of the matter.
To look deep.
Just because something “looks” good at first glance doesn’t necessarily mean that it is good, or is the right thing, or that it is true. Look. Listen. Dig deep.
In regards to the Bible. Just because some TV preacher said it, or just because a famous preacher tweeted it, doesn’t make it true. Dig down deep your self.
In relationships, just because you think someone is wrong, or you have heard that they have done something awful, take a moment to actually find out what happens. Don’t always assume the worst.
In temptation, something may look appealing. It may look like fun. It may seem like something that no one would ever know about, what’s it going to hurt?
Stop. Look. Listen. Consider. Dig deep. Don’t judge a book by it’s cover. Look deep. Listen to what Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 11:14:
And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.
Paul is talking about false teachers, about how what they say sounds good, but in truth, what they say is wrong. Paul says be careful. Even the devil look right at first glance. But he brought destruction.
Be careful. Don’t assume. Dig. Learn. Listen. Look.
With the bible, look for yourself. Read yourself. Seek help and wisdom from those you trust, but you are empowered by the Holy Spirit to read and learn from yourself.
With others, seek truth, not just assume the worst. Truly get to know others before making a decision.
And be very, very, very careful with temptation. It may look appealing, but it will destroy, when left unchecked.
Be aware. Be careful. Trust in God. And follow Him, in all things.
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