Passing Judgment


You know, sometimes writing this blog is so painful.  Today’s scripture that warns against passing judgment on one another just cuts me to the quick.  I feel like I have nothing to say but I’m sorry for all the times that I have looked upon others with unfair judgment and a sense of derision.  I hear the Lord calling me to repent!

You, O man, are without excuse, every one of you who passes judgment.
For by the standard by which you judge another you condemn yourself,
since you, the judge, do the very same things.
We know that the judgment of God on those who do such things is true.
Do you suppose, then, you who judge those who engage in such things
and yet do them yourself,
that you will escape the judgment of God?
Or do you hold his priceless kindness, forbearance, and patience
in low esteem, unaware that the kindness of God
would lead you to repentance?
By your stubbornness and impenitent heart,
you are storing up wrath for yourself
for the day of wrath and revelation
of the just judgment of God,
who will repay everyone according to his works,
eternal life to those who seek glory, honor, and immortality
through perseverance in good works,
but wrath and fury to those who selfishly disobey the truth
and obey wickedness.
Yes, affliction and distress will come upon everyone
who does evil, Jew first and then Greek.
But there will be glory, honor, and peace for everyone
who does good, Jew first and then Greek.
There is no partiality with God.

I have a long, long way to go.  Perhaps some of you do as well.  If so, let’s us pray for each other that God will soften our hearts.

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4 Responses to Passing Judgment

  1. Lee Surkin says:

    Don’t be so quick to point out the flaws in other people’s lives when you are not willing to look at the flaws in your own.
    Never judge anyone. There was once an old man, that sat at the same park bench day after day. A younger gentleman that went running in this same park almost daily always saw this happy, smiling old man, and always wondered why he would just come to the park, sit and smile. Finally after about a year, his curiosity got the best of him, and he stopped to ask the older gentleman why exactly he sits in the same spot daily and just smiles at everyone who passes by.
    The older gentleman replied “When my wife was alive, she used to walk laps around this park, while I used to sit here and read and watch her pass me. I can’t help but to wonder, if in some way, since she loved this place so much, that I can maybe get a glance of who she was, somehow by just sitting here and doing the same thing I used to do when she was alive.”
    You never know what someone is going through, and you never know how you can help someone if you just don’t judge them before knowing who they really are!

  2. Mary Thomas says:

    I remind of myself of this whenever I begin to develop those thoughts in my head, that it is not for me to judge lest I be judged, and I feel such remorse for the thoughts that I have. Help me O Lord to see my own failings and repair those while I am on this earth instead of worrying about others’ failings. We all fall and need help getting back up again.

  3. Nancy Novicki says:

    We need to try & remember when we begin to judge that we have
    no idea what is going on in someone else’s life & maybe, instead
    of judging, say a prayer for the person & yourself!

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