“A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him.” Luke 10:31-34
We are often told through the Bible that it’s wrong to judge others. Have you ever taken a minute to wonder why though? The story of the good Samaritan clearly illustrates the meaning behind this principle.
God tells us not to judge because we never know who he is choosing to work through. We would have automatically assumed that the Levite or the priest would be the people to help the Samaritan, but instead, it was the person we least expected.
I believe God often works this way in our lives because it makes His presence all the more known. When we experience Him in an unlikely way, we are able to be certain that such an experience or encounter could have only been Him.
The stories in the Bible show us that it was always the least-likely who were chosen to accomplish some of God’s greatest missions. He chose murderers, adulterers, drunks and people who were considered too young or too old demonstrate his power on the earth…because when that power was displayed, there was no denying it was God at work.
We never know what God is speaking in the heart of another person. Regardless of their words or actions, we never know how far they’ve come from the person they were; therefore, we are never to judge.
The next time you feel the urge to criticize or blame someone for what you see on the outside, try to stop and ask God to show you what he sees on the inside…you may just find something you’d least expect.