“And he looked up, and said, I see men as trees, walking. After that He put His hands again upon his eyes, and made him look up: and he was restored, and saw every man clearly.” Mark‬ ‭8‬:‭24‬-‭25‬ ‭KJV‬‬. The manner in which Jesus healed the eyes of this blind man teaches us a very important lesson. After the first touch, Jesus asked him what he saw. He replied, “I see men as trees, walking”. This meant that he was not seeing clearly. He could not see men as they are. But let us ask ourselves, “How do we see people?” Have our spiritual eyes been opened so we can see them as they are? Do we see them as precious souls who God loves, or do we see them only on a human level? Do we see them as souls who Christ came to seek and to save, because they are of infinite worth? Or do we see only their faults and failures? Too often people become religious and see things differently, but they do not see clearly. This causes a critical spirit. It becomes easy to see people in a negative way. And when we do that, we fail to see them as God does. May God help us to be honest about how we see people. Because how we see them reveals much about the condition of our own heart. It requires a thorough work in our hearts before we can see souls as they are. And when that happens, we will not be critical. Instead, we will love them and pray for them.

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