"I guess I thought that I had figured You out
I knew all the stories and I learned to talk about
How You were mighty to save
Those were only empty words on a page
Then I caught a glimpse of who You might be
The slightest hint of You brought me down to my knees."
"What do I know of You Who spoke me into motion?
Where Have I even stood by the shore along Your ocean?
Are you fire? Are You fury? Are you sacred? Are you beautiful?
What do I know? What do I know of Holy?"
One of the things that God has reminded me of over the course of the past ten weeks is that I am never to judge other people. God did not create or design me to be a judge of people. I don't have the capacity to judge others. In order to be a competent judge you have to have all the information, you have to have all the details, to know the whole story. If you don't then your judgement will be compromised.
And that's the thing. I don't know the heart, mind, experience, or history of any other person well enough to judge that person. I can't know any other person completely. Only God can.
If I look at how a person dresses, or what they eat or don't eat, what they drink or don't drink, how they walk or how they talk, or any other outward idiosyncrasy that I can see, and then judge them based on those things, I have made a huge mistake. I don't know the story behind those things. There is always a story.
How different life would be if I took the time to learn the stories. The story of the angry woman pulling out of the parking lot, the story of the couple in the oncologist's waiting room, the story of the stressed out nurse, the story of the child with hollow eyes - God wants me to know their stories.
Jesus didn't tell us to "Judge one another"; He always said to "love one another". We don't need to judge, just love.
"Let me give you a new command: Love one another. In the same way I loved you, you love one another. This is how everyone will recognize that you are my disciples—when they see the love you have for each other." John 13:34-35
"Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves." Romans 12:10
God show me a glimpse of you today, show me what Holy is.