Beneath the Surface

Do you have a tendency to judge people on their outward appearance? Is it easy to come to conclusions about a new person you have just met before really getting to know them? This is something we all do some of the time, even without thinking. What would be a principle to follow to help you to eliminate this kind of judging?
Jesus was discussing with a crowd of Jews about the fact that they violate the letter of the law concerning the Sabbath. They would circumcise a child on the eighth day even if it was the Sabbath although it was considered work. He asked them the question, if you are doing this kind of violation because it is a good thing, "why should you be angry with me for healing a man on the Sabbath?"  Wouldn't that be considered a good thing? (John 7: 23)
He wanted them to see how ridiculous it was to be picking out certain things that they considered work on the Sabbath that benefited them but not allowing other things that would benefit another on the Sabbath. They seemed to think they were doing it for the right reason but disagreed with him concerning his reasons for healing a man.
Jesus established a very important principle when he followed up with this statement, "Look beneath the surface so you can judge correctly." (7:24) Think about this then and now. Judging based on outside appearance or first impression is wrong and it is much better to get to know the person you are judging before you make any judgments about them.
Who is it today that you are judging on the basis of just what you see concerning them? What would it take for you to get beneath their surface and see the real reasons they might be doing what they are doing? Make it a priority to not judge anyone before going beneath the surface to find out what's really going on.

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