Yesterday, we started in the book of Romans, a book packed with vital truths. We talked about the fact that some of these truths may be painful to read, because they are so confrontational. However, they are also very valuable, since they help us understand and apply the Christian way of living. So are you ready for painful truth #2?!
“Therefore you are inexcusable, O man, whoever you are who judge, for in whatever you judge another you condemn yourself; for you who judge practice the same things.” –Romans 2:1
This verse made me think of a story I once saw in a television series. In the series, a man cheated on his wife. He justified his actions by blaming the wife, since she had been a workaholic suffering from depression for the last few years. Therefore, she wasn’t to pass judgement on him. Not soon after, they divorced. At a certain point a co-worker of the ex-wife starts flirting with her. Her ex-husband finds out about it, and even though she didn’t even act on the flirtations, he is furious with both the co-worker and his ex-wife.
This illustrates what Romans 2:1 is saying so well: the very things we judge other people for are the things we do ourselves.
My personal “judgement issue” is procrastination. I can get quite annoyed by people around me procrastinating, while I myself fall behind with my studies. But of course, “that’s a totally different matter, because I did a lot of useful other stuff in the meantime.” Yeah Amanda, keep telling yourself that. Now that I think about it, I’ve been dealing with procrastination many times in my life. Could it be that the very things we judge other people for aren’t just the things we do ourselves, but the things we do ourselves that we (consciously or unconsciously) dislike about ourselves to great extent?
How could the people around us best help us with those very things? By judging us for our behavior? Or by encouraging us to become better versions of ourselves?! Let me put it differently: what does God want us to do?
“Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.” –Galatians 6:10
Was this message for you? If so, what is your personal “judgement issue”?
Please share your struggles with us so we can help each other become better versions of ourselves by giving tips, praying for each other and sharing Bible verses! You can understand that after sharing this with you I expect some help from you for my personal struggles as well! 😉