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Who's To Judge?

Who's To Judge?

02 June 2009

Scripture:

4 Who are you to condemn God’s servants? They are responsible to the Lord, so let him judge whether they are right or wrong. And with the Lord’s help, they will do what is right and will receive his approval. 10 So why do you condemn another believer? Why do you look down on another believer? Remember, we will all stand before the judgment seat of God. (Romans 14:4, 10 NLT)

In the 30 or so years since Christ’s resurrection, a lot of questions had come up about the practices of Jewish believers, Gentile believers, and people who had become Christ-followers out of other religions. The questions were often about whether it was alright to eat any kind of food or whether some foods were forbidden, whether drinking alcoholic beverages was acceptable to God, and whether there were special days for worship and special holy days to be observed in order to please God.

Paul said, “Follow your conscience and let other people follow their conscience. Don’t judge others for what they do or don’t do and don’t offend others by what you do or don’t do.”

I’m in a season of my life and my relationship with God in which he and I are working on my next step of growing up as a Christ follower. I suppose my whole life of faith has been working on my next step of growing up. This “next step” includes learning not to judge others. There are lots of “sub-lessons” in this process, like not judging by outward appearance, not comparing others to myself or to others, accepting people as they are rather than as I am, “walking a mile in their shoes.” Like I said, there are lots of sub-lessons for me in this process.

By God’s grace and patience, I’ll keep learning to leave the judging to God.

Prayer:

Father, I ask your forgiveness for judging others for what they do or don’t do. Help me to be more aware of how my attitudes and actions affect others. Please keep working on me and keep changing my heart to be like yours. Amen.

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