Tuesday, March 20, 2012
You are really judging yourself when you judge others
Therefore you have no excuse, whoever you are, when you judge another; for in passing judgment upon him you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, are doing the very same things. Rom 2:1
In the second half of Romans 1, Paul talks about various acts of unrighteousness and ungodliness that have been committed by mankind, including wickedness, greed, evil, envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice, gossips slander, arrogance, boastfulness, etc.
Unfortunately, many people have used Paul's words here to point fingers at *others* and to judge and condemn others. But that's not why Paul wrote those words. In fact, his reason was exactly the opposite. He wrote them to show how we're all in the same boat - "ALL have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God" - and therefore we ALL need the same Savior.
When we point the finger at others, we're really only pointing the finger at ourselves, because we're all equally as guilty. Fortunately we can all come freely to God and receive His forgiveness and life, by His grace, through faith.