Do Not Judge According To Appearance

CB065532“Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment.” Jn. 7:24Why is it so easy for us to look upon someone’s appearance and make a quick judgment about who they are?

I ask the Lord today, “Why is it that when I look upon someone that doesn’t fit my standards that I have a downward glance on them?” He responded saying, “When you raise yourself into the seat of judgment you are always looking downward.”

On our return trip from Moravian Falls, North Carolina, on the way to the airport, I noticed a car filled with less that affluent people. My eyes fixed upon the man in the passenger seat and I remember saying to myself, “Does he know God? Does he have faith at all in you Father?”

Later down the road we stopped and filled our rental car with fuel, and who do you think I saw coming out of the convenient store at the same time I was going in? It was the very man that only a moment earlier I had questioned his faith. The man was dressed in a nice suit, and as he held the door open for my wife and I to exit, I said to him, “You look nice, did you bring the message today?” He chuckled and replied, “No we’re on our way to a funeral.” He went on to tell me that some friends had four month old twins and one of them had died. The man said to me, “When the twin died, the remaining twin rolled over in the crib and gave his brother a kiss. It was a miracle! We all witnessed it!”

I could see how this miracle had brought great comfort to the family at this sad time in their lives. Here I was encountering a man’s heart, when only minutes earlier I was judging if he had any faith at all. In this wonderful moment I encountered the Father’s ever-teaching and guiding hand, an encounter with the divine nature of God.

Two men’s lives were crossing at one point in time, yet I am the man that needed to change, and has been changed forever. While writing about this encounter, it has brought me a sorrowful heart with weeping and tears. I now have a heart that knows God better than before this divine encounter.

When I think about the question I asked the man, “Did you bring the message today?” I can now answer for him “Yes sir I did, you wanted rhema word from the Father and I gave it to you!”

“For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you. Mat. 7:22

“For the sorrow that is according to {the will} {of} God produces a repentance without regret, {leading} to salvation, but the sorrow of the world produces death.” 2 Cor. 7:10

Bro. Bill