Updated: Aug 19
Growing up I was taught respect and to be courteous. I was taught not to judge a book by its cover because we need to know what is inside - we might miss a wonderful story, or a friend if we are talking about people.
God’s Word says it this way: “Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgement you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye?” Matthew 7:1-3 NKJ
I am sure I have blind spots. Mine may not be glaring me in the face, but I was challenged to contemplate if I was being judgmental…. Here are a few of the situations placed in front of me (with the persons reality within the parentheses).
You see a woman in the late evening, rushing from the heart of the city, very provocatively dressed and a bit out of place. (Reality: She just got off work hostessing at a theatre - hopes of becoming an actress one day - but needs a steady paycheck and tips to put food on the table for her children.)
You see a man on the street corner, no sign just sitting there minding his own business but he looks a bit haggard and unclean. (Reality: He is a restaurant owner and is exhausted from being the prep, chef, server, and clean up persons all in one.)
You see a morbidly obese person, who seems unhappy, maybe even angry. (Reality: This person has lost weight over and over again just to be disappointed at their inability to make changes stay.)
You see a young ____ skin colored person, who you have never seen before. They asked to use your cell phone because you are the only one around and there are not pay phones available. (Reality: This is a young man/boy wanting to call home to let his Mom know he is on his way home.)
Were you tripped up by any of these? Sometimes being judgmental is just not understanding the other person’s situation and assuming things. Good news we can be forgiven and then go forward being aware of our blind spot(s). The biggest part is we must know we have blind spots to begin with.
Thank you, God for the reminder that I have a plank in my eye and don’t always see clearly. Forgive my wrong judgement and provide me with Your discernment of a situation.