Do We Judge Others Too Quickly?

Do we criticize and judge others based on superficial factors and personal biases rather than seeking a deeper understanding of their message and purpose?

18 For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, He hath a devil.

19 The Son of man came eating and drinking, and they say, Behold a man gluttonous, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners. But wisdom is justified of her children.

~ Matthew 11:18-19


This passage highlights the differences in how people responded to John the Baptist and Jesus. Jesus notes that John lived a simple life, avoiding excesses in food and drink. However, some people accused him of having a demon, likely because his way of life and message were seen as unconventional and challenging societal norms.

On the other hand, Jesus highlights that he came with a different approach, mingling with people, eating and drinking freely. However, some critics labeled him a glutton, a drunkard, and a friend of tax collectors and sinners, implying that he was not living up to their expectations of a righteous teacher.

Although there are varying criticisms, Jesus emphasizes that the authenticity of wisdom can be determined by its outcomes or deeds. According to him, the true value of God’s ways can be perceived by their results rather than being based on surface-level appearances or societal norms.

It is an undeniable truth that people tend to judge others based on their own personal biases and superficial factors. Jesus spoke about this issue, highlighting the significance of seeking a deeper understanding of someone’s message and purpose, rather than criticizing them. He also stressed the importance of recognizing and valuing God’s wisdom and righteousness, even if it goes against conventional norms and expectations.

Our weekly challenge

  1. Ask God to grant you wisdom, not just knowledge.
  2. Be more patient in understanding others.
  3. Learn to tolerate people’s shortcomings and mistakes.


Heavenly Father,

I come before you seeking guidance and understanding. Grant me the desire for wisdom and righteousness, aligning my thoughts, actions, and values with your divine principles.

Help me to be a lifelong learner in seeking wisdom and knowledge through the Holy Bible.

Dear Father, please grant me the ability to be self-aware and recognize my biases, prejudices, and areas of growth.

Please grant me the humility to recognize my weaknesses and the bravery to embark on a path of self-improvement.

Can you guide me on how to practice mindfulness, live in the present, and make wise and just decisions? I would appreciate it if you could help me develop the ability to perceive beyond the superficial and make informed choices in complicated circumstances with a clear and insightful mind.

Please bless me with the company of wise counselors and mentors who embody your wisdom and righteousness. Help me to humbly seek their guidance and have the discernment to learn from their experiences.

Fill my heart with compassion and empathy. Teach me to extend kindness to all, seek understanding, and treat others fairly and respectfully. May I actively practice empathy, putting myself in the shoes of others and responding with love and care?

Give me the grace to be more tolerant and forgiving of other people’s mistakes and shortcomings.

Grant me the courage to forgive, to let go of grudges and resentments. Help me embrace forgiveness’s healing power, fostering reconciliation and personal growth. Free me from negativity and guide me towards harmony and peace in relationships.

I pray, in the name of Jesus my king and savior.


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