Do not judge others
Today’s devotion is based on 1 Corinthians 4:5. “Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait until the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of the heart. At that time each will receive their praise from God.”
First impressions can mean a lot. It is unfortunate when people unfairly judge the motives of those around them. The apostle Paul warns us in today’s Bible reading not to judge other people’s motives; since we cannot read their hearts. In other words, be careful not to judge a book by its cover, as the old saying tells us.
But the day will come, Paul promises, when Jesus “will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of the heart.” Rather than judge the motives of others, we do well to assess the motives of our hearts. His love and forgiveness will motivate us to be generous in how we think of others and less likely to judge others.
Please pray with me: Dear Jesus, keep me from judging others unfairly. Amen.