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The LDS Daily WOOL© Archive - 1 Samuel 16:7

"The Lord's estimate of a man's worth is based upon his daily conduct, what he is from the center of his heart out. A man's outward appearance and what he claims or professes will carry no weight with him, for God looketh upon the heart." — Hugh B. Brown, "Continuing the Quest," [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1961], p. 278

"The Spirit can teach us of 'things as they really are'—not just as they appear to be, according to conventional wisdom. Contrariwise, the flesh looks at the outward things, drawing its conclusions from surface appearances (1 Samuel 16:7). The opinions of the flesh, it turns out, are no more reliable than the arm of flesh! Faith, meanwhile, carries us forward even before the full flood of fact reaches and lifts us. Since meekness is not natural to the natural man, however, we must 'learn' some things over and over again—until we get it right! Faith and meekness make allowance for the role of such repeated experiences in Father's plan. Repetition is part of God's long-suffering in our behalf." — Neal A. Maxwell, "Lord, Increase Our Faith," [Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1994], p. 90

"When the Lord measures an individual, he does not use a tape measure around the person's head to determine his mental capacity, nor around his chest to determine his manliness. He measures the heart as an indicator of the person's capacity and potential to bless others. Why the heart? Because the heart is a symbol of one's entire makeup. We often use phrases about the heart to describe the total person. Thus, we describe people as being 'big-hearted' or 'goodhearted' or having 'a heart of gold.' Or we speak of people with faint hearts, wise hearts, pure hearts, willing hearts, deceitful hearts, conniving hearts, courageous hearts, cold hearts, hearts of stone, or selfish hearts. The measure of our hearts is the measure of our total performance. As the term is used by the Lord, our hearts describe our efforts to better ourselves or others or the conditions we confront." — Marvin J. Ashton, "The Measure of Our Hearts," [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1991], p. 2

"True, we live in a world where moral character ofttimes is relegated to a position secondary to facial beauty or personal charm. We read and hear of local, national, and international beauty contests. Throngs pay tribute to Miss America, Miss World, and Miss Universe. Athletic prowess, too, has its following. The winter games, the world Olympics, the tournaments of international scope bring forth the adoring applause of the enthralled crowd. Such are the ways of men! But what are the inspired words of God? From a time of long ago, the counsel of Samuel the prophet echoes in our ears: '... the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart." (1 Samuel 16:7)" — Thomas S. Monson, "Pathways to Perfection," [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1973], p. 82

"The Savior told the Pharisees, 'God knoweth your hearts' (Luke 16:15). Paul warned the Hebrews that God 'is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart,' and that 'all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do' (Hebrews 4:12-13; see also 1 Corinthians 4:5). Ammon taught his people that God 'knows all the thoughts and intents of the heart; for by his hand were they all created from the beginning' (Alma 18:32; also see Mosiah 24:12; D&C 6:16). And Mormon wrote, 'for none is acceptable before God, save the meek and lowly in heart' (Moroni 7:44). In this dispensation, the Lord has reaffirmed that God 'is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart' (D&C 33:1). Elder John Taylor said: He knows our thoughts and comprehends our desires and feelings; he knows our acts and the motives which prompt us to perform them. He is acquainted with all the doings and operations of the human family, and all the secret thoughts and acts of the children of men are open and naked before him, and for them he will bring them to judgment. (Journal of Discourses 16:301-2.) In other words, God knows who is pure in heart. He can and will judge us not only for our actions but also for our motives, desires, and attitudes. This reality is challenging, not surprising." — Dallin H. Oaks, "Pure in Heart," [Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1988], p. 10

The Lord has used the heart as a way of describing the innermost nature of His children. The scriptures are filled with references to the heart, such as the pure in heart, an abundant heart, a cheerful heart, and so forth. In 1 Samuel, we read, “For the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart” (1 Sam. 16:7).
In our hearts do we feel a sense of gratitude and devotion to the Father? Are we of one heart with Him to whom we owe everything? The test of our devotion to the Lord seems to be the way we serve Him. –
L. Tom Perry, “Youth of the Noble Birthright,” Ensign (CR) November 1998

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