And walk in love, [esteeming and delighting in one another] as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us....
— Ephesians 5:2 (AMPC)
Quick to Love, Slow to Judge
From the book Ending Your Day Right - by Joyce Meyer
As believers, we’re instructed to walk in love with others. But to walk in love with others, we first have to first get to know them, which is an act of love. It takes time and effort to look beyond the surface of any human being to see who they truly are. Too often, we’re tempted to judge hastily, but God’s Word says, Be honest in your judgment and do not decide at a glance (superficially and by appearances); but judge fairly and righteously, (John 7:24 AMPC).
Before you judge an individual, you’ve got to take time to get to know the real person. Everyone has their little quirks, odd behaviors and imperfections. God Himself doesn’t judge by appearance—He looks at the heart, and so should you. As the saying goes, "never judge a book by its cover!"
If you want to grow in this area, ask God for the wisdom and strength you need, and He’ll give it to you (see James 1:5; Philippians 4:13). He loves you so much, and wants you to succeed even more than you do!
Prayer Starter: Father, please help me develop the habit of truly getting to know people—seeing their hearts—before I make a judgment about them. Thank You for giving me grace to love the people around me well! In Jesus’ Name, amen.