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Is Your First Impression A Critical Judgement or Are Do You See Through the Eyes of Christ?

Note: This post was originally written in April 2012 but was lost in my site crash in March 2013.  I have rewritten it because, unfortunately, it still needs to be said.

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What’s the first thing you see when you look at this picture?

 What is your first impression, your first thought about it?

Do you see a bare back? Too much skin? An addict sick in the bathroom who needs to put some clothes on? A woman who will cause men to stumble based on what she’s wearing?

Or do you see a women in prayer? A mom with 4 kids outside the door that is trying desperately to not yell at them today…she promised them, and the Lord, that she wouldn’t yell? Do you see a women alone with God so she can pour out her heart to Him and He can minister to her? Do you see a woman in her most vulnerable moment, crying out to God?

If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless.
~ James 1:26

Sadly, many “Christians” would rather condemn this woman to hell for her clothing rather than see the beauty The Father sees as she prays to him….(gasp) with bare shoulders. Last time I checked when He created us we were naked, and He wasn’t offended.  He does not care if we cry out to him in our darkest our clothed from the neck to knee or in a mini skirt with fresh tracks on our arms from the last high.

Do not speak evil against one another, brothers. The one who speaks against a brother or judges his brother, speaks evil against the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge. There is only one lawgiver and judge, he who is able to save and to destroy. But who are you to judge your neighbor? ~ James 4:11-12

In April 2012 a fellow blogger posted this picture on her Facebook page and was just about ripped to shreds for it.  She later unapologetically reposted it and stood her ground that this woman deserves to be seen praying to God in a moment almost all women can relate to.  I would love to connect you to her site but she has since stepped back from the blogging area to focus on her own healing.

Seeing through Christ’s Eyes

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Unfortunately, too many of us would rather point on the speck in someone else’s eye rather than remove the plank from their own.  If they’d stop and actually ask God how he sees the homosexual, the prostitute, or the woman walking out of the abortion clinic they might not like what He would have to say.

 Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgment. ~ John 7:24

There is a place and time to judge right from wrong and use biblical discernment. There is also a proper way to handle such offenses as laid out in Matthew 15:18-20.  We also live in a world where wrong looks right and right looks wrong, but we must be careful to still walk in love at all times.

I used to be that person.  I’d run my mouth and not feel the least bit sad about it. “They need to be called out,” I’d say to myself, as a good reason to keep condemning.  But when grace smacks you in the face and you realize that your “small” sin is not so small and their “big” sin sin’t so big you realize this type of judgement doesn’t make God smile, it grieves Him.

Do you struggle to judge too quickly what you see?  Ask the Lord to give you His eyes and His heart.

 

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Comments

  1. I saw her posture. One of humility. Actually, I also saw her cute hair! AND, I saw that she was young. A young woman kneeling down in a private place to pray. I so hope to convey to the younger women in my life that we can come to God just as we are and the sooner the better! Hurry up, time is short!

  2. I actually, without reading ANY words…figured she was pregnant. I’ve had 3 beautiful blessings from God & all 3 of them kept me practically living where she is in the picture. Once I looked closer, I only saw a mother praying. Never in my mind did it occur to me what she was wearing. Especially in her own home in the one room that demands privacy. Yet which most mothers rarely get without a fight. Bless her for finding that moment with God!

  3. Without reading, I imagined her as a mom who needed strength to get through the rest of the day. I didn’t notice what she was wearing. All I saw was a woman wanting/needing to pray and spend time with God in her prayer closet.

  4. I love this picture. She’s beautiful!!

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