So many people take sides. We take sides based on who we like, or who we don't. We take sides based on what we hear, or what we are told. We take sides because we only know part of the story. It is too easy to judge based on which side you hear. It is too easy to be in the wrong, when we don't value someone enough to listen.
I love the story of Solomon and the baby. Two women went before his judgment seat. They had both had a baby. One of the babies had died and one lived. Both women claimed the living baby was their own.After some deliberation, King Solomon called for a sword to be brought before him. He decided that there was only one fair solution: the living son must be split in two, each woman receiving half of the child. Upon hearing this terrible verdict, the boy's true mother cried out, "Oh Lord, give the baby to her, just don't kill him!" The woman who lied, in her bitter jealousy, exclaimed, "It shall be neither mine nor yours—divide it!"
The king declared the first mother as the true mother, as a true, loving mother would rather surrender her baby to another than hurt him, and gave her the baby. King Solomon's judgment became known throughout all of Israel and was considered an example of profound wisdom.
Both women wanted to be right, but one was willing to be wrong in order for the baby to live. King Solomon was able to listen to both sides of the story and reach a fair and just decision. What an example for the rest of us.
No matter what we believe, or how much we hurt, or what has happened to us, there are always two sides to every single story. Often, both sides have hurt and heartache. When we jump to conclusions and judge, we risk never finding out the truth. We risk supporting others in their lies and jealousy. We risk condemning the wrong party.
How grateful I am that the only person I have to worry about judging me is the Lord. He alone knows my thoughts and my heart. He knows my innocence and even my guilt. He knows everything about me, including why I am the way that I am. With Him on my side, I don't have to worry so much about the opinions of others. With Him in my Heart, I know that the truth will someday come out and that, in ways I don't yet understand, All will be well.
So, for now, my prayer is that we will all learn to listen to the story in it's entirety and not just one side of it.