THE DANGER OF JUMPING TO CONCLUSIONS

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Today, I want to talk to you about the danger of jumping to conclusions. The Holy Spirit has been dealing with me heavily about this topic lately.  It’s so easy to make assumptions and jump to conclusions about a matter, only to find out that what we perceived was not actually the reality of what was really going on.

For example, I remember when my fiancé, Steve (God rest his soul) would make some comment, I would jump to conclusions about what he meant, and “intense fellowship” would follow. Am I the only one who’s ever had “intense fellowship” with a significant other? But anyway, after we talked it out, I would find out what he really meant and have to repent because I didn’t ask for clarification before I responded. Once I started making a habit of asking what he meant before I responded instead of jumping to conclusions, things went much smoother.

The point I am making is that it’s dangerous to jump to conclusions. God wants us to make sure we look past first appearances and make sure we are making a right judgment because as Iyanla Vanzant once said, “The truth is not always visible to the naked eye.” Let’s take a look at a couple of scriptures to support this:

Proverbs 31:30 ~ Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.

I Samuel 16:7 ~ The LORD doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.

These two verses highlight the importance of not jumping to conclusions based on what people look like on the outside.  What God is saying is that good looks are not to be used to make decisions about a person’s character. We must take a closer look and see what is on the inside.  In other words, never be impressed with a beautiful exterior until you find out what is inside that beautifully wrapped package. Physical appearance is the least important attribute.

As you can see, what’s inside the heart and a person’s love walk is what really counts. However, it’s also important to not jump to conclusions based on situations we observe. Take a look at these scriptures:

John 7:24 ~ Stop judging by mere appearances, but instead judge correctly.

Corinthians 4:5 ~ Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait until the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of the heart.

These two verses encourage us to refrain from jumping to conclusions when it comes to what people do.  You see the problem is that we don’t know everything about the situation or the person under scrutiny. There are hidden factors that only God can see.  That’s why God is the only righteous judge (II Timothy 4:8). James 4:12 says, “There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the One who is able to save and destroy. But who are you to judge your neighbor?”  Therefore, it’s important to make sure you have complete information before you judge if you want to judge correctly.

So I want to encourage you today to refrain from jumping to conclusions. Examine the situation. Pray and ask God for insight.  Wait until the Lord comes. Let Him shed the necessary light on what is going on so that you can make a right judgment and avoid being deceived, having to repent, and needing to apologize.

Have you ever jumped to conclusions and regretted it? Please leave a comment below.

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