We do not value those around us as we should, especially if we are given to seeing more about what is wrong with them then what is right.
We dare not trust the cloud of our fearful suspicions to give us any truthful insights about a person. Rather, we are to humbly submit to Jesus Christ, the Author, Creator, and Finisher of our-faith-and-theirs, and ask Him for His-story in and for them.
What is Your story in this person? What are You writing upon their heart? What do you want to write upon their heart?
THEN ASK JESUS:
How can I be a part of Your story in this person?
Jesus also told this parable to some who were confident that they were righteous and looked down on everyone else. 10 “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee stood and prayed about himself like this: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people: extortionists, unrighteous people, adulterers – or even like this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week; I give a tenth of everything I get.’ 13 The tax collector, however, stood far off and would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, be merciful to me, sinner that I am!’ 14 I tell you that this man went down to his home justified rather than the Pharisee. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted.”