John 8:6-7 “This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not. So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.”
We often pass judgments based upon our first impressions. Interestingly enough, we could all cite times when that never rang more false. We hear:
“Don’t judge a book by its cover.”
We see one come into our presence, and because of their dress, their response, or the lack thereof, we pass judgment based on a few first impressions. Some even pride themselves on their so-called ability to “Call them as I see ’em.”
Quick thought this morning – when we participate in such activity, aren’t we more like the Accuser of the Brethren? We learn from God:
1 Samuel 16:7 “But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.”
The discernment that we need can only come from God, revealing it to us to help, or edifying, or expose to warn. But the purpose isn’t ours to decide. We have been given so many guidelines in the areas of relationship, that there is not a situation where we are left to ourselves.
As you meet people today and there passes through you mind a pattern, or a preference, or an opinion; take the time to ask God what it is He would have you to do. It would surprise us if God said to befriend that one that seems to rub us the wrong way.
It would be the challenge of our life if we had to love our enemies, to pray for them, and do good to them.
Don’t take it as a challenge – take as a command from your Savior.
Luke 6:35-38 “But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil. Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful. Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven: Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.”