Getting to know you

So we have stopped evaluating others from a human point of view. 2 Cor. 5:16a

Humans have a tendency to make assumptions about one another based on appearance, income, zip code, and other superficial qualities. Sometimes we assign whole stories to people we barely know just because we discover something about their pasts. The best way to really enjoy and appreciate another person is to listen without filling in blanks that are based on our own perceptions and experiences rather than their self-revelation. Jesus responded to each unique individual with genuine interest and love…and still does. We can choose to hear and value one another in the same way.

Lord, help me to listen better and love sincerely.