This verse caught my attention...
Acts 15:8a God knows people's hearts
God knows people's hearts.
To me this is a reminder of a few different things.
First, we cannot hide anything from Him. No matter what we say or do, He knows what's in our hearts. He knows what we're really thinking and feeling, and what our motives are. He can see through any mask we may try to wear. We are not fooling Him, we're only fooling ourselves. We need to be honest with God about our sin and ask Him to work in those areas.
Secondly, though God knows people's hearts, we do not. We do not have a right to judge that. We can, and should, judge people's actions as sinful as described by God's word, and hold our fellow believers accountable in love and gentleness. But we cannot judge the things that only God can see - their motives, their heart.
Third, despite knowing our hearts and the depravity within us, God loves us anyway. He saves us, by the undeserved grace of the Lord Jesus (Acts 15:11b).
Thanks be to God for this indescribable gift!
Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage: Acts 17:1-18:11, 1 Thessalonians 1-3