It’s a wonderful day to be a child of God. Have you ever known someone who loved to judge other people? They received great pleasure from pointing their finger at another person’s less fortune. Every mistake a person makes, this individual is the first person to let it be known. If this same person were to fall short, they spend hours and days justifying why they did what they did. Have you ever known someone who loved to act as though they sit next to God in Heaven? They have an answer for every question. They can always tell you why you are going through, what you are going through. How do you handle people like this? What do you say to a person who thinks (s)he has all the answers? Have you ever seen how man’s judgment has ruined many people? It has destroyed many ministries, many marriages, many families and many friendships. People have walked away from the church as a result of this.
Today, I have been commissioned to come and minister to you. My friend, Do Not Judge The Book, Read It! What does this mean you may be asking? Before you form an opinion about someone based on their outer appearance, learn how to look within that person for the truth. The Bible declares in 1 Samuel 16:7 - … for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart. Many times we judge other people based on what someone else has told us about them. You may never personally know this person, but because someone else formed a negative opinion about this person … you have also. To judge the book by what the cover displays, shows your lack of wisdom. To allow others to determine how you feel about someone, displays your lack of maturity. The Bible declares in Luke 6:37 - Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven: Do Not Judge The Book, Read It! Learn how to form your own opinions about someone. Learn how to befriend people that others avoid. Their avoidance may derive from a lack of security within themselves.
My brother, my sister, who are you judging today? Who have you written out of your life? Was that God’s plan or based on your friend’s opinion? Beloved, before you write your book report, make sure you have all of the factual information necessary. Do not finalize your opinion on someone without having solid proof to support your conclusion. The Bible declares in 1 Corinthians 4:5 - Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God. Do Not Judge The Book, Read It! Start seeing people with the eyes of Christ. Start treating people with the love of Christ. Stop allowing others to dictate who you will befriend and why. You are a child of God. Judging someone else is not pleasing in the eyes of the Lord. Stop it! The same measure of judgment you place on someone else, God will return that same measure back on you. The Bible declares in Hebrews 4:12 - For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Do Not Judge The Book, Read It! Prayer for Today: Father, forgive me for ever judging someone else. Forgive me for allowing others to control how I see and treat others. Allow me to see people with the way Christ sees them. In Jesus’ name … Amen!