Have you ever heard any of the following statements:
Don't judge a book by its cover.
What's in your wallet?
Ok, so the last two are commercial ads. The point is what do you do when you meet someone new? Do you judge them by their appearance? the way they look, smell, dress, or speak?
We've been searching for a new church and consequently we've had the opportunity to meet many new people. How have we judged them?
According to God's Word, we are only supposed to look at the heart.
Joh 7:24 Don't judge by appearances. Judge by what is right.
I've decided to try and be careful as I meet these new people. I've asked the Lord to let me see only the good in them. This is difficult because we don't really know them, and whether someone is good or not is a heart matter. But God has been good enough to help me not judge them based on appearances. I want to see them the way God does. With loving eyes, not harsh eyes.
Here's another one:
The truth is in the pudding. (Where did this one come from?)
Anyhow, once we get to know someone, then we can make a true judgement and determine if they are exhibiting the fruits of the spirit - or not. Until then they will be:
Innocent until proven guilty.