Fresh Hope – 4th May 2018

Our friend’s daughter got engaged last week, and after the proposal on one knee, they went to a lovely restaurant for a romantic meal.

After sitting at the table for a time, staring into each other’s eyes, they became aware of a lady on another table close by constantly taking photos of them on her phone. What was a novelty for a few moments soon turned to an annoyance, and after putting up with it no longer, the boyfriend, come fiancée, stood up and walked over to the lady and gave her a severe ticking off. It was at that moment that he realised that she wasn’t taking pictures of them at all, but was in fact taking them of Noel Edmonds who was sitting directly behind them. What they believed was happening to them wasn’t happening at all. They had made completely the wrong judgment call, based on what they saw. Slightly embarrassing to say the least.

Throughout our lives it is possible to judge many a situation simply on the basis of what you believe is happening, when really it’s not happening at all.

Looking and judging people on face value is often one of the biggest mistakes we can make in our lives. A person may be dressed in scruffy clothes and yet be a multimillionaire, whilst another may be dressed in a suit and not have a penny in the bank. How many times do you and I see people who have obviously got issues, and our immediate reaction is to make a judgement call on why they have allowed themselves to get into such a state? In reality, that person could well have been abandoned as a child and has not a family member or friend in the world. They are alone and disheveled not because they chose to be, but because of the circumstances that’s caused them to be the way they are.

Make a decision today to stop judging people at first glance and start to take a look at what’s behind the way they are.

Choose today to be kind to everyone you meet, as everyone is going through a battle in some area of their lives today.

Why not ask that lonely looking person if there is anything you could do for them?

Why not ask that person looking worse for wear, what their story is. You never know, you may just be the friend they need right now.

Do you and I have a perfect life, or do we have issues too? Then why judge what you see others doing when you could actually be kind to them and ask what’s behind the way they are? Stop blaming and start befriending.

Matthew 7:1-5 ‘Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way as you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. ‘Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, “Let me take the speck out of your eye,” when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

Pastor Mark

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