Midweek Push: Real Love (Part 1)

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment.” (John 7:24)

Each week, during this Midweek Push series, we will examine a scenario, our natural judgment towards the scenario, and address how we should approach the scenario through the real love of Christ.


We see a woman alone in a grocery store, juggling a shopping cart, three unruly, disheveled children, and a screaming infant.

Judgmental Assumption:

We immediately assume she has no husband and is on welfare, or that she doesn’t know how to take care of her children. Others may look at her as a disruption to their peaceful day of shopping or as an unsightly public distraction.

Real Love:

It’s easy to judge and scrutinize people based on how they appear to the naked eye. On the outside looking in, we really don’t know what’s going on with the woman. We don’t know what kind of day she’s had, nor do we know her personal situation.

Would you think to offer a smile, say hello, start a conversation, or ask if you could assist the woman in any way, maybe by taking groceries out to the car for her? Or, do you immediately make an assumption about her character? Just because our lives look right, doesn’t mean that our hearts are right. Begin to examine yourself before judging others. Look inward. Realize what triggered your initial thoughts about the woman and ask God to help you correct that within yourself. Judgmental attitudes spring back up when not fully put away. Prepare to redirect them as they arise.

All appearances aside, real love examines self before jumping to conclusions. Real love reaches out before casting out others. Real love serves before assuming the worst.

Scriptures to Reflect On:

Proverbs 24:23
John 8:15-16
Romans 2:11
James 2:1-13

How would you show real love in this scenario?

"This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another." (1 John 4:10-11)

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  1. I would speak to her and then start talking to the baby first to make the baby stop crying. Then i would talk to the other kids so they could stop being so loud. Then after that i would say to her that God is here for her and give her my number and tell her if she needs anything to call me; I will help in any way.

    1. Good Afternoon Candy,

      Amen, you have the heart of Christ! That's real love! We must learn to show the love of Christ and not be judgmental towards our neighbors. Thank you for showing how you would demonstrate love! You never know, God may be using you to help someone soon!


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