Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. (Matthew 7:1-2)
I’ll admit it — I struggle with these verses.
My sinful nature wants to make snap judgments about everyone the instant I meet ’em. It tries to start a conversation in my head that goes something like this . . .
Wow, what’s with that shirt? Looks like he stopped by Goodwill on the way here and pulled something out of the half-price bin. Probably not very successful. And is that a chunk of spinach stuck between his front teeth? Why hasn’t somebody told him it’s there? Probably lives alone. And what’s with that voice? Sounds like he just sucked in some helium. Man, that would get on my nerves. Probably doesn’t have many friends . . .
It could go on and on. I need to ask the Holy Spirit to remind me that each and every person is made in God’s image and is precious in His sight. I need to ask the Holy Spirit to help me look inside a person, not get stuck on the outside. I need to ask the Holy Spirit to help me love.
Click here for a rather touching and humbling lesson on the perils of judging someone based on the way they look.