It was about a month into my divorce when my former spouse stopped by the house to pick up something. She was all decked-out and clearly very excited about that night’s “big date.” I will never forget it. Here I was being crushed under the emotional weight of the divorce, yet she seemed so unscathed and appeared to have moved on like it was no big deal? It just seemed so unfair. I was suffering greatly while she got off scot-free.
I formed my opinion based on what I could see. God judges very differently; God judges the heart. He sees deep inside to our deepest motivations and is not fooled by our outward appearances. Trust that ultimately each of us will be held accountable for our actions before God. No matter how “right” we think we are, God will judge us by His standards. All the more reason to focus on what we can control, and make sure that in all we do we try and please God.
But the Lord said to Samuel: Do not judge from his appearance or from his lofty stature, because I have rejected him. God does not see as a mortal, who sees the appearance. The Lord looks into the heart. – 1 Samuel 16:7