“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Matthew 7:1-2
How many readers have passed judgment on someone without giving them a fair chance? If we are honest we can probably say most of us have. I certainly am not proud of it. When you go someplace and see a person with a tattoo for instance, a different race, body piercing, weight problem, criminal on nightly news and a host of other things, your place is not to pass judgment but to love.
We never know a person's background or what he or she has gone through. We have not walked in their shoes. Maybe at one time you were stared at or made fun of unjustly. If so it hurts. It is painful to be shunned. If you have problems with judging someone try this little experiment. Look around and say "I love that person, and that person, and so on." Be careful to not even pass judgment on anything to do with the way a person looks such as hair color, physical features as that was given to them at birth.
As you go through each day try to make a point of treating all people with kindness and respect even those who are different than you. Let God be the judge.
PRAYER: Thanks for making me just the way I am. I know that through you I can choose to be kind and to love. Here in this 'month of love' help me to do my part to be loving. In Jesus' name. Amen.