RE Verse reading–1 Samuel 8:1-10, 1 Samuel 12:1-5 (day five) “As they have done from the day I brought them up out of Egypt until this day, forsaking me. . .so they are doing to you.” (8:8) No hiding from it. Who I am, the true condition of my heart, will eventually show up in every relationship. If I am stubborn and independent with God, I will be the same toward people. If I love God, I will love others. (see 1 John 4:20) The “real me” eventually comes out. When Samuel was deeply disappointed with the people of Israel, God had to remind him. They were only doing to Samuel–ignoring his counsel, following their own desires–what they had been doing to God for years. Good reminder. The true goal of the gospel is a changed heart. “Search me, O God, and know my heart. . .lead me in the everlasting way.” (Psalm 139:23-24) Until our hearts change toward God, our relationships with others will also be unchanged.