Today I picked up the bible and opened it – to Romans…
The message I read about was about judgement of others… it is funny, I remember when I was junior high school age and was with my Step Mother and step brother Doug, he and I were fighting because he was totally getting on my nerves
and my Step Mother, Jeri, said “Christina, the only reason why the things he is doing are bothering you is because you do them yourself and if it is truly bothering you that much maybe you need to look at yourself” well that is NOT what I wanted to hear of course and I cannot say that I truly understood it BUT I never forgot her saying that. There is also an I Love Lucy episode where the wives and the husbands are getting on eachother’s nerves because of little things they do like “jingle the change in the pocket” like a nervous habit – well they all took a weekend off from each other and the girls each pointed out to the other that they too were doing nervous habit things that were annoying just like what Jeri said to me! Now I read Romans 2:1-16 it is that SAME message. We have no right to judge others around us for their actions, the way they dress, speak, or do things. Who are we to pass judgement when we do the same types of things? None of us will escape God’s judgement so instead of passing judgement on others take a look inside and make YOU a better person. Where can you improve? This is where I want to be, looking at ME making a judgement and stating weather I am worthy of God’s home in the heavens and not pass judgement on others!
New International Version (NIV)
God’s Righteous Judgment
2 You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge another, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things. 2 Now we know that God’s judgment against those who do such things is based on truth. 3 So when you, a mere human being, pass judgment on them and yet do the same things, do you think you will escape God’s judgment? 4 Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, forbearance and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance?
5 But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God’s wrath, when his righteous judgment will be revealed. 6 God “will repay each person according to what they have done.”[a] 7 To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, he will give eternal life. 8 But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger. 9 There will be trouble and distress for every human being who does evil: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile; 10 but glory, honor and peace for everyone who does good: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. 11 For God does not show favoritism.
12 All who sin apart from the law will also perish apart from the law, and all who sin under the law will be judged by the law. 13 For it is not those who hear the law who are righteous in God’s sight, but it is those who obey the law who will be declared righteous. 14 (Indeed, when Gentiles, who do not have the law, do by nature things required by the law, they are a law for themselves, even though they do not have the law. 15 They show that the requirements of the law are written on their hearts, their consciences also bearing witness, and their thoughts sometimes accusing them and at other times even defending them.) 16 This will take place on the day when God judges people’s secrets through Jesus Christ, as my gospel declares.