I used to think I was a better Christian whenever I sat next to someone in church whose Bible didn’t have as many passages underlined as mine.
Then one day, Bert bought me a new Bible for my birthday. The clean pages looked like I never read it and I realized the error of my ways.
What about you? Do you also find yourself making quick assumptions about people, too?
If we were to observe our own behavior, we would be surprised to discover the subtle ways we judge others.
A child behaves uncontrollably, and we’re convinced his or her parents are poor disciplinarians.
We see an overweight person and assume he or she has no self-control.
Certainly, some of our assumptions may be true; but what if we just don’t have all the facts?
When we feel snubbed by someone at work, that person could be embarrassingly shy. Or at the checkout, maybe the cashier wasn’t intentionally being rude by not smiling, but just learned his or her father was terminally ill. What about labeling a woman as immoral, only to discover later that she’s pregnant due to being raped, but was too ashamed (or scared) to tell anyone, even the police?
What if we were to move past our first assumptions and perhaps, instead, ask God to help us be more loving, considerate and thoughtful? How might others respond if we were kinder? What sort of bridges might we build? How many more opportunities might we have to share the gospel?
1 Corinthians 13:4, in the Amplified Bible, uses the words, “love is kind and thoughtful” as part of its definition of what love is. Whose day can we change today, by extending God’s love (rather than judgment)? Because it could be that person has been the object of people’s misassumptions too much already.
What about you?
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- What kind of experience have you had due to someone’s misassumptions?
- Is there anyone you need to ask forgiveness from for misassuming something about them?
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