Sunday devotion 2024

How Do You Judge? ~ Sunday Devotion

You judge by human standards; I pass judgment on no one. John 8:15 (NIV)

Humans tend to judge by outward appearance. We make judgments based on what we see. We do it when we look in the mirror and when we look at others. 

The Lord is so much better than we are. Aren’t you glad? Doesn’t it bring some relief to know that He doesn’t judge us based on appearance? He doesn’t judge our mistakes and failures. Isaiah 61:10 says that He has clothed us with salvation and covered us with the robe of righteousness. That’s how God sees us, as His beautiful bride. 

How do you judge? Let’s start with how you judge yourself. Often, we have expectations of ourselves that we would never put on other people. We say things to ourselves and about our bodies that we would never say to someone else. It’s time to see yourself the way God sees you. He looks on you with love and compassion. You’re His beautiful daughter. 

How do you judge others? It’s easy to stop at the surface and judge with the limited knowledge of a person and the situation. You see someone who has lost a significant amount of weight. Immediately you wonder how she did it. Was it the popular weight loss drugs? Did she starve herself? What you don’t know is that her home is in shambles, and she’s worried sick that her life as she knows it is about to change forever. There’s always more than what we see.

May we be more like Jesus by extending grace and love instead of judgment. Share on X

This verse should challenge our tendency to quickly judge while also giving us comfort that we serve a God who loves and accepts us, flaws and all. Give yourself grace, and extend grace and the benefit of the doubt to others as well. 

Let us pray the words from the Prayer of St. Faustina: Help me, O Lord, that my eyes may be merciful, so that I may never suspect or judge from appearances, but look for what is beautiful in my neighbors’ souls and come to their rescue.

Action Step: The next time you find yourself judging the reflection in the mirror or making an assumption about another, stop. Consider how Jesus would see you or the person you’re looking at. Ask the Lord to allow you to see yourself with His eyes of compassion and to give grace to others. 

Happy Sunday!

 

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