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Looking for Good in People

We make all kinds of judgements all the time. What about when we judge other people. Are we more quick to look for the ‘bad’ in people than for the ‘good’?

Opening Activity: Making a Judgement!
Provide a number of different examples of footballers, films, groups, singers, comedians, etc and ask them who is the best? What you choose, of course, will depend on what is popular at the time. Choose something contemporary! For example: who is the best footballer: Cristiano Ronaldo or Thierry Henry?

Judging Others
We make judgements all the time about all kinds of things. All of us have different opinions from time to time. All of us have to make judgements about different situations. We make judgements, too, about people—we say who is the best or the worst at something, who is good or bad. In some circumstances we may some that are either ‘all good’ or ‘all bad.’ But really, perhaps, we are a mixture of good and bad—we are capable of doing both good things and bad things.

Jesus said, ‘Do not judge others and you will not be judged yourselves. How can you take the speck out of your brothers eye when you have a log in your own?’ He warns us against being hypocritical, he warns us against pointing out other people’s bad points and avoiding or covering up our own. He tells us to treat people with kindness—even if we think they are bad or have done bad things. There is something good in everyone! He tells us not to overlook, reject or ignore them. Look for good in people, encourage good in people.

Looking for good in others
Yes, we can and do make judgements about people. But if we can find the good in people and encourage them in goodness, and also look for the goodness in ourselves, then we will help to make this world a better place and to be the people God wants us to be. It doesn’t mean that when someone has done something bad that it should be overlooked. We all have to be responsible for our actions but it does mean trying to help people and support them to put the bad things behind them, to improve their ways. That way all of us can become better people.

Reflection
Are you very judgemental?
Are you always more ready to point out other people’s mistakes?
How do you respond when someone judges us?
What can we do to encourage and look for good in people?

Prayer
God,
help us to look for the good in people
And to support one another in improving our lives
And being the people you want us to be.
We make our prayer through Jesus the Lord. Amen.

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