The average man’s judgment is so poor; he runs a risk every time he uses it.
— Edgar Watson Howe,
American Editor

Have you judged a person not worthy to get to know or start a relationship with?

Have you judged yourself as not good enough for something or somebody?

Have you judged a situation to be insurmountable with no hope of change?

We tend to make these determinations because we base our conclusion about others, ourselves, and our situation on superficial information and perception rather than on knowledge and discernment.  We see the same every night on television reality shows, political commentaries, and even sports reports.  Judgment is made by the way things appear instead of with accurate information and understanding.

Stop judging by the way things look (mere appearance), and make a right judgment (John 7:24).

Others
 
Have you ever labeled someone in your mind as a result of a first impression?  I catch myself making assumptions or passing judgment (positively and negatively) on people based upon their affiliations, the way they look, what their profession is or where they may live.  I know this isn’t what God wants me to do, nor do I consciously set out to make such judgments, yet I inherently fall short.

God did not create the division, denominations, or political parties separating us today.  We have.  As a result, we use these dividing lines to categorize and make assumptions instead of getting to know others for who they really are.  When we label people, we put them into a “box.”  This limits our thinking, how we care about others, how we treat people, and how we share God’s love.

When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?”….The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman.  How can you ask me for a drink?”  (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans) (John 4:7, 9).

Regardless of appearance, background, heritage, gender and even tradition—Jesus initiated a conversation with the Samaritan woman accepting her for who she was and to offer her eternal life.

If we are striving to live a life that is Spirit-filled and more like Jesus, we should make every effort to interact with people in the same way Jesus did, with compassion, forgiveness, grace, mercy and love.

Don’t judge others solely on appearance.  Take the time to get to know a person’s heart and their character.  You are the one who might be changed. 

Ourselves

Have you ever looked into the mirror and felt discouraged?  Do you compare your talents, abilities, and possessions to others and feel you were overlooked by God in some ways?  I fall into this trap and often ask myself, “Why do I evaluate myself through the eyes of society and media rather than through the eyes of Jesus?!”

The world’s opinion is temporal.  We rarely keep up with the latest hairstyle, fashion, cars or gadgets for a season, let alone throughout our lives.  However, if we have a Kingdom perspective, we will begin to accept ourselves for who we are, a child of God.  We can then appreciate our differences and embrace the individual journey God has for each of us.

God doesn’t think of us as ordinary, common, or unremarkable.  He sees beautiful, extraordinary, valuable creations formed with His hands and exactly the way He designed.  

So God created man in His own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them (Genesis 1:27).

Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes.  Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight (1 Peter 3:3-4).