#VOD: Proverbs 21:2

People may be right in their own eyes,
    but the Lord examines their heart.
(Proverbs 21:2)

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To me, this verse brings so much peace. One of my good friends and I had lunch a few days ago, and he spoke to me about sermon prep/preaching. One of the parts that he was explaining is that a good preacher often speaks from what he is going through.

So when they are preparing for a message often times, the verse speaks to them in a certain way and they will speak from a place of vulnerability about the verse. They will share what the verse means to them (within the context) and make it MUCH more relatable. Especially because people can smell fakeness. When someone is real and genuine about where they are at in life, it brings such an awesome portion into the room. It makes it so dang nice to be able to vulnerable with people and let them know that it’s okay to not be perfect.

I say all of this because this verse is speaking to me on a different level. The truth is that for many years now I have struggled with people who are fake. It bugs me. ESPECIALLY when I know who they really are. I wrestle with wanting to “expose” them to people, but I really don’t have that place. I myself have my own struggles and I always have to remind myself that I need to have genuine heartbreak for the person. What I mean by that is that my heart needs to break for the fact that they think it’s okay to live that way. My heart needs to break for the fact that satan has them convinced that it’s okay to live that way….

What God typically does it remind me of the fact that we all have our struggles and that sometimes people aren’t being fake but they are actually just trying to be strong… Point is, quit worrying about others. Allow the self-reflection to happen in your own life and don’t worry about what you THINK that another person is going through. Truth is, often times we don’t even know what we are going through ourselves…

Love wins fam… Grace wins…

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