Jesus said to them, “I did one miracle, and you are all amazed. Yet, because Moses gave you circumcision (though actually it did not come from Moses, but from the patriarchs), you circumcise a boy on the Sabbath. Now if a boy can be circumcised on the Sabbath so that the law of Moses may not be broken, why are you angry with me for healing a man’s whole body on the Sabbath? Stop judging by mere appearances, but instead judge correctly.” John 7:21-24
Jesus was referring back to an incident in which he had healed a boy and he wasn’t even there to do it (John 4:43-54). He knew exactly what they were upset about (healing on the Sabbath) and called them out on it. We can all relate to the last statement: Stop judging by mere appearances, but instead judge correctly.
We can relate because unfortunately we judge all the time. We judge people and motives quite regularly. While Jesus warned us here and in the Beatitudes about judging others. He didn’t say we shouldn’t judge but that we should judge correctly and be ready to be judged in the same manner we judge others. They are hard words to live by, and yet they are fair.
We can come up with all sorts of cliches and words to help stop us from judging but the bottom line is to see people for who they are and not who we think they are. Impossible 24/7? Probably, but it’s certainly a great target to aim for.