You Are Not The Judge
“You may think you can condemn such people, but you are just as bad, and you have no excuse! When you say they are wicked and should be punished, you are condemning yourself, for you who judge others do these very same things.” -Romans 2:1
I think this verse is very important for Christians because there are times we can get our religious attitudes and act snooty as soon as we take notice to somebody doing something wrong we stop showing love and act as if we have kicked them out of the group. Opportunities for judging others are readily available. Which leads me to think..Maybe the problem is we talk to much. God is the judge of sin.
Pronouncing judgment upon others seems human nature doesn’t it.? It’s time to stop looking at everybody else through a magnifying glass when you, yourself are a mess and can’t even see it. Remain humble before God and before others.
I know our focus is in Romans and I encourage you to read Chapter 2, but want to also share with you that Jesus knew we would struggle with judging and He contained a stern warning in His Word found in Matthew 7:1-5: “Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.”
How can we judge someone else when we have sinned in the same way or maybe our sin is or was even worse.?
Judging enables our “slackness” in really sharing God’s Love. Cast judgement aside and let God’s light shine on those around you. Our job is not to throw judgment upon others, but to identify with them. Guidance comes best from people who identify with the sins of others, because they have become so familiar with their own sin. When you bring attention to sin take a moment because God also wants us to see our own sin.
Start sharing the good news just like Jesus did, free of judgment. You may not have walked in someone else's sins, but you have certainly walked enough in your own. Let’s let the grace and mercy that He has shown us spill over on all those we interact with by demonstrating God’s law is written in your heart and give guidance with love. His word says the day is coming when God, through Christ Jesus will judge everyone’s secret life.
He is the judge.
Father God, Help me to be quick to listen and slow to judge so that when I speak of Your love I am a trustworthy witness demonstrating your law is written in my heart. Give me opportunities to speak of You with love. In Your Mighty Name I pray, Amen.