Quit Judging

For this very reason, Christ died and returned to life so that he might be the Lord of both the dead and the living.  You, then, why do you judge your brother?  Or why do you look down on your brother?  For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat.  It is written:

” `As surely as I live,’ says the Lord,
`every knee will bow before me;
every tongue will confess to God.’ ”

So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God.  Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another.  — Romans 14:9-13a (NIV)

The Greek word for passing judgment is a word that means to condemn or render a verdict.  Why do we think that it is our job to do such a thing with regards to our brothers and sisters in Christ?  It’s not our job!  I believe that it is possible to hold one another accountable for our struggles, sins and shortfalls without condemning each other.  As Paul says, we will all give an account to God for our thoughts, words and deeds.  There is coming a day when we must answer for everything done on earth.  Everyone will be judged.  For those who have trusted in Christ for salvation, the verdict will be “Not guilty.”  For those who die apart from Christ there will be a guilty verdict handed down and an eternal death sentence (perish the thought!).

May today be a condemnation free day.  Let’s let God be God and the Judge of humanity.  Let us hold each other accountable and encourage one another to stay faithful to Christ.

How have you been guilty of condemning a brother or sister in Christ?  Have you sought their forgiveness?

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, I am guilty of judging and condemning others for their sins.  I sometimes look at the sins others have committed and fail to deal with my own.  I praise You for the gift of Your Son, Jesus, who has rescued me from sin and death.  Help me to extend the grace and mercy to others that you have afforded me.  In the name of Jesus, the Savior, Amen.


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