Matthew 22:37-40

Jesus answered by saying, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and most important commandment. The second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets depend on these two commandments.”

Despite adamantly denying that we do it, we often label people. Studies have shown it only takes 7 seconds to form an opinion of someone. 7 seconds. That isn’t nearly long enough to hear their hopes, dreams, where they come from, or where they’re going. It’s only long enough to look at their outward appearance. Because of this, cliques are formed, people become prejudiced, and people are instantly placed in your mind as either being better than you or worse than you.

But here’s the thing; when we categorize people and look down on them we’re saying that they’re not made in the image of God. God has imprinted his perfect image on each and every person. It’s on the kid who sits all by himself at lunch, the homeless man on the side of the road, your enemies, your friends, and your family. They are all created in the image of God; so treat them as such. When we don’t, we’re saying God messed up or that God doesn’t care about them as much; and that couldn’t be more untrue. Listen to what Jesus calls the greatest and most important commandment, and love people

QUESTION 1. Do you make snap judgments of others based solely on how they look or dress?
QUESTION 2. Have you ever been ignored or bullied because you weren’t part of the cool kids group? It sucks, doesn’t it?
CHALLENGE: Take the commands of Jesus seriously. Break down the societal expectations, prejudices, cliques, and love every single person you come into contact with, no matter how unloving they are to you.
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