First impressions are important, right? Often we tend to form our opinion on that one first impression and don’t give a person a second chance.
Just this morning I read a story in a newsletter. The writer talked about his neighbors that had moved in next door. They were from the former USSR. The couple fought a lot, the husband drank a lot. And so the writer formed his opinion and judged the couple of what he thought was true.
Years later he met them again and finally got the whole picture on this family. It turned out the neighbor’s wife had had an abortion and the husband was so distraught about it that he took to drinking which only increased the fights between the couple.
Have you ever judged your neighbour or co-worker based on superficial “knowledge” of that person? I certainly have. Sometimes I dismiss even the thought of giving this person the benefit of the doubt. I’ve formed my opinion, and that’s it.
We can judge someone in our mind, with words, by showing our attitude, or by giving a person THE look. I’m sure you know what I mean.
Oswald Chambers says:
“If you have been shrewd in finding out the shortcomings of others, remember that will be exactly how you will be measured.
The way you pay is the way life will pay you back…
God looks not only at the act itself, but also at the possibility of committing it, which He sees by looking at our hearts…
The reason we see hypocrisy, deceit, and a lack of genuineness in others is that they are all in our own hearts.”
There you have it: we judge because we lack the same things… or maybe even bigger issues?
Do I like to be judged? No.
Do you like to be judged? Of course not.
“Who of us would dare to stand before God and say, ‘My God, judge me as I have judged others.'”(Oswald Chambers)
God has extended His grace and mercy to us. Why don’t we do the same to the person we meet today?
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