How to Respond to Superficial Judgments
Title: How to Respond to Superficial Judgments
Reading for June 12: Psalms 38-42
Weekly reading for June 10-16: 1 Corinthians 1-6
But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged by you or by a human court... It is the Lord who judges me.
1 Corinthians 4:3-4
Judgments are made about our character for a variety of reasons, including:
- Our skin color.
- Our hair color.
- Our height.
- Our weight.
- Our clothes.
- Our family.
- Our church.
- Our nationality.
- Our accent.
- Our job.
- Our education.
- Our bank account.
As humans, we like to simplify. Instead of digging below the surface to really get to know a person, we make easy judgments based on stereotypes.
How do we respond when we are judged in this way? It largely depends on what we think of God. The more God's evaluation of our character means to us, the less ignorant judgments will bother us.
Remember, we are "a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession" (1 Peter 2:9). We may be "rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious" (1 Peter 2:4).
So let people spew all the hate and bitterness and venom they want. We're loved by God!
Father, we thank you for loving us and choosing us for your own. Help us to remember this when we're victims of harsh and unfair judgments.