Today’s Scripture: Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous. 1¬†Peter¬†3:8

When my wife and I journeyed to India on our mission’s trips, I would always look into the faces of countless poverty-stricken people every day we were there. We would see them in the churches and pass them in the street. Many were so poor they were dirty and clothed in tattered rags-things we would have thrown away years ago here in the States. But when I saw those people, I saw so much more than the dirt-I saw precious souls.

Have you ever stopped and thought about how you view other people? Do you see each one as an eternal soul? So many times when we see someone who appears un-loveable we neglect to spend any time ministering, helping or witnessing to them. Instead, we tend to treat them badly because we are so focused on the outer appearance and what they have to offer us in return for our time.

God’s Word is all about equality and submitting to one another in humility. No one is less than anyone else in His eyes. From the homeless on the street to the royal family living in luxury, God is no respecter of persons. If He, as our example, looks upon the heart and cares for the inner man shouldn’t we strive to see past the appearance or status of those around us? The Bible’s message is not always a comfortable one to receive, but we need to live on God’s principles rather than on our own opinions.

God’s Word states we should treat others as we would want to be treated and not to think of ourselves more highly than we think of anyone else. Maybe this area is not your strong point, but you can choose to change, not just for the present but for the years to come. If you struggle with this, maybe you should write down today’s verse and keep it on your fridge or your mirror at home. Memorize it. You can treat someone too poorly, but you can never treat someone too well. With each soul you are handling a precious, eternal gem. What may appear to be nothing but a dirty pebble is a shining diamond in the eyes of our Savior. Remember, not everything is as it appears.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder