In John 7:24 it says: ‘Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgement.’ So, what does that mean?
Well, a little later on in John 8:15, Jesus says that: ‘You judge according to the flesh; I judge no one.’ Judging someone based on what’s on the outside or based on their actions, is what this verse is talking about. And we do this everyday. We judge and critize the way people look, dress, talk, carry themsleves and act all the time. Whether it is just a slight comment in our head of: “What is she wearing?” or aloud to someone’s face, we judge others as if it is second nature to us, even though it is not right. Everybody is different. YOU are different. And we all know what it is like to be judged or criticised by someone. So why do we do it? I don’t really know the answer to that one. I’m sure everybody has their own “reason” for doing so.
So what is ‘right judgement’? Well, right judgement, in my mind goes a little something like this: You are walking down the street. You see a girl wearing a top, that just does not flatter her AT ALL and is pretty ugly looking. You know this, and realise that as she walks by. But you know what? You take the high road and you say “I don’t know this person. I don’t know their situation. And at the end of the day, I probably never will know and it probably doesn’t matter BUT she doesn’t deserve my judgement and I certainly DO NOT have the right to judge her like this, partly because I know nothing about this girl.” Judging with right judgement means thinking about others as equals to you, whether you know them or not, and making the decision to NOT judge. Because would you like someone to be thinking/saying judgmental things about you? And you don’t have the right to judge someone you don’t know. Even if you do know them, do you really know them like Jesus does?
So the next time, you are about to judge someone, think twice about it. Make the decision to judge with right judgement. BE KIND TO ONE AND OTHER. Us human’s need to work together, not push each other down. And we can change that one step at a time. Soooo…
What are your thoughts on judgement and judging with right judgement? How will you be less judgemental going into your everyday life after reading this? If you have any other questions or comments I would love to hear about them in the comments!!!
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