Imagine this: you are at school, and you see a girl you’ve never met before. Maybe she’s new. You begin to analyze her outfit, how her hair is done, how tall she is, how short she is, how thin or thick she is. You start to make judgements on her appearances and start to build up what you think her personality is based on her physical appearance. We all do it. We all judge based on appearances. But did you know, that the girl you were judging would later become your best friend? Of course not, because we don’t give people the chance to introduce themselves, because we already have a perception of what the person is already like, when really, this person could be the nicest person in the world. But you wouldn’t give her a chance because her outfit is weird. We only see what God has made her look like on the outside, rather than looking at her heart.
I am definitely guilty of judging people, and I have been trying to learn not to judge, as it can be hurtful. I have been striving to get to know people before I make any assumptions, because I don’t know the person’s story and personality. It can be truly hard not to judge in today’s society. It is seen as the norm. Girls tear each other down because of physical appearances, and it can really hurt.
When you think about it, you really don’t have the right to judge someone because sometimes, the person cannot help the way he or she looks. If you don’t know the story, don’t judge. I personally have some things that I wish I could change, and I would never want someone to judge me because of a silly imperfection that is part of me. Our imperfections make us who we are, and we are all God’s creation. I don’t think that God made any mistakes in any of us. He made us to be loving and caring children of God.
In the Bible, Luke 6:37 says “Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven;”. God does not want us to judge or to make assumptions and He does not want us to be cruel to one another, but rather understanding and compassionate. John 7:24 says “Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgment”. I really like this verse because it is so true. You should not judge from outward appearances. It is just wrong and mean. There are many more verses of the Bible that speak of this: Romans 2:1-3, Ephesians 4:29, Luke 6:31, James 4:11-12, and many more. I recommend reading these verses as they reinforce my beliefs in judging.
So, for this week, just try to be more understanding and more compassionate, and do not judge. You will be happier and you will be living with God in you, as you are following his commands. Before you look at that new girl with a different sense of style from you, first go up to her and get to know her, and maybe she will become your new best friend.
Now remember that picture of that dog up there? I know she’s not the prettiest or cutest dog ever, based on her appearance. But did you know that the dog’s name was Tessa? And she had many illnesses including partial blindness, she had seizures, and she had to have many surgeries. She just happens to be my past dog. We had to put her down because she got too sick. But if you were to judge just from the picture, you might not have thought she was the nicest dog ever, just because she isn’t the cutest puppy. But to me, she was the cutest dog in the world because her personality outshines her illnesses. She was probably the most loving dog I have ever met, and a lot of people judged her and were scared to go near her because she didn’t look friendly, but really, she was the best dog a girl could ask for.