JUDGE (v): to form a judgment or opinion of; decide upon critically

Exodus 23:4-5
“If you meet your enemy’s ox or his donkey going astray, you shall bring it back to him. If you see the donkey of the one who hates you lying down under its burden, you shall refrain from leaving him with it; you shall rescue it with him.”

Talk about a reality check. How many times do you see someone you don’t like in need and just turn the other way? How many times do you walk by someone you are not too fond of in distress and do nothing? In this day and age, things like this rarely happen in public. More than likely, you will see that person who was mean to you in high school, or some other time, post something to Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram about how life just is not going well for them at the moment. What is your first reaction to that post? Is your first thought a thought of kindness and concern? Are you drawn to pray for them? No. The answer is, almost always, no. You tell yourself people should not be posting all of their private business on social media because that is just asking for judgment. (Come on, admit it…this thought has run through your mind before.) While the statement above may have some truth in it, does that give you the right to insert judgment on their situation? (And remember, you don’t have to speak your judgment to that person to insert your judgment on their situation.) If you chuckle and think to yourself, “Ha, serves them right,” what more does that say about the kind of person you are? Seeing someone distressed on social media, regardless of who they are and your current feelings towards them, should bring you to pray for that person. This takes intentionality on your part. Take that initial thought captive and ask yourself if that thought is building up the person (Ephesians 4:29). If it doesn’t, ask the Lord to remove that thought from your mind and to replace that thought with one of kindness and concern. Then, pray for them. Just because you are not a huge fan of someone does not mean you cannot pray for them. Set your selfishness aside. As God’s child, you have a new self (Colossians 3:5-10). Ask God to help you think, live, and act like it.

I will help someone in need regardless of who they are.

Lord, rewire my heart and mind to see other people, regardless of my feelings towards them, through your eyes. Remove whatever preconceived judgments about them that I have. It is not my place to judge. It is my place to lift them up in prayer and share with them how faithful you are. If I meet my enemy in distress, give me a caring heart trough the Holy Spirit. Grant me whatever ability is necessary to serve and love them as only you can. Help others see you in me every day. Amen.

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