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Top 10 Evangelism Mistakes, Number 8

Prejudging People

Most of us judge people. Maybe we judge people on their looks or beliefs. Often we make judgments about people before we get to know them. When we do that, our biases cloud our perspectives, and sometimes place an emotional barricade between us and others. Once others feel judged, they may dismiss us entirely, effectively ending a potential discipling relationship.

How do we avoid the slippery slope of prejudging people?

Jesus showed us how to do that. In John chapter 8, Jesus had an encounter with a woman who was caught in adultery. The law said that adulterers were to be stoned to death, but Jesus had a different approach. He said, “If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her” (Jn 8:7). People began leaving. When Jesus and the woman were alone, Jesus said, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” “No one, sir,” she said. “Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin’ (Jn 8:10-11).

According to the law, Jesus had the right to judge the woman. And she would have been immediately killed. But, Jesus took another approach. He accepted her.

How many people do you know that have been rejected, abused, mocked, or hurt by the prejudicial attitudes of others? Think about how different our world would be if everyone followed the example of Jesus. Instead of treating people with mental disdain or outright condemnation, we need to express unconditional love to them.

The next time you see someone who looks or believes differently than you, imagine how Jesus loves and accepts her for who she is.

The love of Jesus can heal many wounds, and it will open the door for evangelism!

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