Why do we see a need to put labels on everyone?

This is a strong subject with me… but today it hit me kind of fresh.

Fat. Skinny.
Tall. Short.
Rich. Poor.
Dumb. Smart.
Good. Bad.

We (because of human nature) are always trying to define people like this.

But why? I mean, does it really matter?
Does it make a difference whether the girl beside us is a size 0 or a size 8?

Jesus loves us all.
The rich like the poor.
The bad like the good.
The smart like the not-so-smart.

In His eyes, we’re all the same. And all of us were important enough for Him to die for.
God is no respecter of persons. He doesn’t love one more than the other just because they weigh less or look better.

So where do we get off thinking that we can act that way?

Come on… You know you do it.
We walk down the street and see a girl who’s a little overweight and jump to labels and conclusions.
She must be lazy. She must eat a lot of junk. She must not care about her body.
What if, really, she has a condition that makes it hard or even impossible for her to lose weight?

Words hurt.
Labels hurt worse.

Because of what Jesus did for us on the cross, we are not defined by what others say about us. We are defined by what He says about us.

So the next time someone places a label on you and says that you’re less than worthy, you remind yourself what you already know you are.

Loved.
Cherished.
Beautiful.
Wanted.

Because of our Redeemer, those are the labels we now have.
And I’m sure thankful.

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