Why Is It So Easy To Judge?

Judged by changeful feelings, one might be lost and saved a dozen times a day.

– C.H. Spurgeon

History to Understand the Word of God

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Bible Reading

Today’s devotional reading is from the Letter of Paul to the Romans 2:1-11. Please, read our recent devotional from the Book of Acts 19: Is The Work Of The Holy Spirit Evident In Your Life?

Judgmental Mentality

We often judge others easily especially when they are different from us. And our judgements are based on what we know or prefer. Paul warns us that we have no excuse (verse 1) if we judge others without basing or bringing them to the Truth. For if we do it, we are judging them wrongfully.

The reason we judge others is we think highly of ourselves compared to others. Further, we do not realize that we too are different from others and are judge according to the other’s standards (verse 3). Do you now see how relative human judgement is? Therefore, it is not a firm foundation of judgements.

The difference of God’s Judgment

When I was saved, a big realization hit me. The Holy Spirit let me understand that all that I have and experiencing are a grace from God. Literally, everything! From the money, all people are worried about, to my skills and knowledge as a nurse, it is all from His grace. Furthermore, the challenges and trials we face are from Him as well. And all these are His kindness to lead us to repentance (verse 6) and, eventually, to be with Him eternally.

But because of our hard and impenitent hearts, we refuse to all His teachings and grace and think highly of ourselves. Paul informs us that if we continue in our wicked ways we are storing up God’s wrath for ourselves in the days to come (verse 5). For God’s judgement will fall on all of us (verse 2) for He is not unfair (verse 11), but the results will be different.

Eternal life will be received by those who seek glory and honour through patience (verse7). While God’s wrath and fury await those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth (verse 8).

Reflection

This is the time for your journaling. Reflect on these questions. Ask the Holy Spirit to test your faith and your walk with Christ.

Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates? — 2 Corinthians 13:5 KJV
  1. Do you notice yourself judging others?
  2. What is your basis for your judgements? 
  3. Do your standards change over time?
  4. Study how God judges people?
  5. Do His criteria change?
  6. Are you going to continue having a heard impenitent heart? Accept Jesus Now.

Prayer

Heavenly Father, we adore and glorify your name. We ask your loving-kindness be upon us every day. Teach us your way and through the Holy Spirit may we take heed and hear your call to repentance. O Lord, Jesus, thank you for your sacrifice on the cross. Even though we know that we are not worthy yet out of your love, and the Father’s love, you have saved us. May we be able to walk with you until you come again.

We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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