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Judging a Book By the Cover

1 Samuel 16:7

The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

A number of people want to label people. They have a hard time seeing people as people – instead they lump them into categories. A number of people in the world judge a book by the cover.

For instance – some will look at a person’s age and assume they are too young or too old to accomplish a job or task. The United Methodist Church – for instance – has a mandatory retirement age (72). That doesn’t mean a person is no longer able to provide effective ministry – now does it? Shouldn’t a person’s effectiveness be the standard rather than an age?

Some will look at a person’s size or looks and assume they are not the person they want for the job. Can you think of occupations where looks count? The Naval Academy has physical standards – or at least they did. People had to have a certain height and weight and physical condition.

Israel used the eye test when it came to their king. Samuel – the prophet of God – used the eye test when selecting a king.  Yet – God looks not at the outward appearance – but rather the inside of a person – the heart – the inner person. Today’s passage tells us how God looks at people. Continue reading

January 8, 2019 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Denomination, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Judge Not

Matthew 7:1

1“Do not judge, or you too will be judged.”

We have all heard this one – I feel certain.  In context it goes like this:

Matthew 7:1-5 – 1“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. 3“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 4How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 5You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

Judging others is so easy – almost natural (human nature).  It always seems easier to point out someone’s sins or mistakes than our own.  It always seems easier to tell others how to improve than to improve ourselves.

Jesus calls us first to leave our judging ways and to concentrate on getting our act together (taking the plant out of our own eye before we attempt to take the speck out of someone’s eye.

How about joining me today – we must start somewhere – and pledging to strive to leave a day without judging people.  Judging can be more than merely stating or pointing out an issue or shortcoming of someone.  It can be internal – our feelings toward someone – our attitude – without saying anything.  It will not be easy with some people and with some work environments – but join me as we strive to NOT JUDGE others.

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

July 22, 2010 Posted by | Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Theology | , , | 3 Comments


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