“Stop judging, that you may not be judged. For as you judge, so will you be judged, and the measure with which you measure will be measured out to you.” — Matthew 7:1-2
Christian Bible Lesson Overview
The way you judge or measure other people is a reflection of how you measure yourself. The most common forms of measurement people use to evaluate other people are wealth, job titles, family names, and experiences. However, often we use much more detailed measurements when evaluating people such as: how they look, how knowledgeable they are, what their political point of view is, or their thoughts about specific subjects. It is easy to note things you do not like about a person, but it is much more productive to make an effort to understand another person’s point of view and evaluate the thought based on facts, not your impression of the person.
It is always better to not make quick judgments of people. Think about your impression of someone else and compare that view to how you see yourself. Try to see something positive about a person before you determine that person has no value. It is easy to see negative things about another person and miss other positive aspects of that person.
Before you judge another person, you should take a close look at yourself. You may find that you have negative attributes as well.
Christian Bible Lesson for Today
John Wilson runs a business that rents home security systems. He gets aggravated with customers when they complain about features in his security system. He automatically assumes the customer has no technical background. He always thinks the customer is trying to get extra service without paying. Rather than talk with the customer about their experience with his security system, he reads them a clause in the service contract that states John is not responsible for damage to his equipment.
His customers commit to a one-year contract that is paid monthly. After the first and second years of his business, John noticed that many customers did not renew their contracts. He had a conversation with his brother about the situation. His brother asked him how he communicated with the customers when they notified him of challenges with the security system. John told his brother that he always reviewed the contract with them and let them know he was not responsible for any damage to the system.
His brother suggested that he talk with the customer about their problem and do his best to understand the entire situation. If John wanted to increase his revenue and support happy customers, he needed to understand the customer needs as well. He can be strict and only refer to the contract, but that attitude will not retain customers or give him references for new customers.
John thought about it and decided to try to understand the customer’s challenges. After a couple of months, John learned that the customers were not always trying to take advantage of him. He learned about legitimate challenges and referred those challenges to the manufacturer of the security system. John’s business began to grow, and he made friends with his customers.
Christian Bible Lesson Summary
The memory verse for this Blog Article does not mean that you must agree with everyone all the time. The point of the article is to not rely on first impressions. Do not make judgments based on limited information. There will be times when your negative impression of another person is accurate, but there will also be many times when you can make a friend if you do not judge based on first impressions. Sometimes those friends can have major positive impacts on your life.