“Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment” (John 7:24). Jesus talked about judging a person by their appearance. This is pretty much the norm in today’s society. People will judge you by your appearance. None of us like others judging us negatively for our appearance. That’s one reason we are trying to diet. We don’t like the looks we get for being obese or overweight. And on the other side of the coin, we ought never to judge others by their appearance. I’m sure you may have seen some of the TV programs about morbidly obese people who can’t even get out of bed because they are so heavy. Your first thought will be to judge. How did that person let themselves go so badly as to reach that heavy weight of more than 500 pounds? Well, obviously there were some serious problems that led that person to such a state—problems that were not addressed early enough. We are not called to judge that person for their failures. Though their appearance says one thing about them, it is not the whole story.
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