“Stop judging by mere appearances, but instead judge correctly.” John 7:24
Jesus had healed a man on the Sabbath day. Many of the people were very upset with that because the Law stated no one was to work on the Sabbath. Jesus then pointed out that they were willing to do circumcision on the Sabbath if it was needed, a type of work. He then states to not judge by mere appearances.
The world is very quick to state that Christians are not to judge anyone for anything. Even many Christians will state the same thing.
No where in the Bible does it say you should never judge. It does give many guidelines on how to judge and when to judge. Judging has to be done with the correct heart and mindset.
It is very easy to look at a situation and quickly come to a conclusion as to what happened and be completely wrong in the conclusion.
An example of this would be: A man suddenly pushes a little child down very harshly on the sidewalk. Watching just this part of the scene it looks like the man is rude and mean. Yet, his side of what happened was he saw someone on a bicycle about to hit the boy. If he did not move the boy quickly he would have been hit and seriously injured. The pushing actually helped the boy.
Only God can fully know the actions and thoughts of a person correctly. Just appearances can be deceiving. It may look one way, but be completely different.
Not everything is a sin for every person. God may tell one person to stop jumping. If that person jumps then he has sinned. Yet, another person can still jump because God has not told him not to do so.
Jesus said to judge correctly. Know and understand the situation and the person before you judge.
As you judge, remember that God and other people are watching you. Are you judging fairly? Or with vengeance? Are you judging to build a person up? Or to tear him down?
Be willing to judge, but be sure to judge correctly. And never forget grace and mercy in the process.
I pray today that God will fill you with His wisdom; that you will know God’s desires; that God will help you to understand other people; that God will help you to judge correctly; and that God will use you to build His kingdom.