“Don’t judge a book by its cover.” This familiar phrase is used to tell us that there is “more than meets the eye.” We decide what to wear, what to eat, how to decorate our house, where to vacation, etc. all based on what is pleasing to our eyes. Our sense of sight makes many a decision for us. That’s fine regarding material things.

However, when it comes to people it is a different story. God choose David to be anointed King when he was still in the field watching sheep. Scripture tells us in 1 Samuel 16:7 “For the Lord sees not as man sees; man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” You and I are to look at the heart as well. We are called by God to love people, seeing their God-given potential, and encourage them in their life journey.

Judging the behavior of mankind is not our job. Look at the fruit of judgment: anger, division, pride, hypocrisy, criticism, discord, condemnation, rebellion, curses, chaos, and more. This is what we are seeing in our nation and not what God intends for His people. The love and light of God’s heavenly Kingdom cannot be released through one who judges, condemns and criticizes. Instead of activating the Kingdom of Light and blessing, the kingdom of darkness is called upon releasing curses.

The Lord spoke clearly to me, “judgment does not change the human heart.” The Old Testament is proof of that. As believers in Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, we have the Holy Spirit living inside of us to transform our heart. This is the New Testament advantage. External law in the Old Testament did not change the heart therefore did not change external behavior.

Our judgment upon people does nothing to change them and releases judgment on our own head. Matthew 7:1 “Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged. And with the measure you use, it will be measured again for you. And why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank that is in your own eye?” Judgement is hypocritical simply because none of us are perfect. We have not walked in another man’s shoes. Speaking against another person whom God also created in His image is prideful, suggesting they are less than.

James 3:10 from the same mouth come both blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be this way.

Let’s be intentional about our words and pray according to the word of God which says in Matthew 5:44, “But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you. “Your prayers aligned with the word of God, will produce a love for people. God’s heart for them will come alive in you. He may use your prayers to draw their heart unto Himself and rescue them out of their trouble. The eyes of their heart can be opened to receive the love Christ has for them.

Colossians 3: 12-14 So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you. Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity.