I think one of the hardest sins to recognize that you’re doing is judging others. It is something that just comes natural to us. Especially when we are saved, and are trying to live our lives to please him. Whenever we are doing well in our walk it can become more apparent that other people are not.
Paul talks a lot about our judgment of other people in Romans 2.
Romans 2:1 ” 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.”
Man that stings. It stings because it rings so true. When I see a friend who is struggling in their faith, or maybe has strayed away from it completely and has embraced a life of sin, I am so tempted to think of myself as better than them.
I mean it feels right doesn’t it? If I am putting all the hard work into pursuing God and giving up things to be with him, doesn’t that mean I am entitled to say I am better?
Paul says no. He tells us to remember that in God’s eyes we are no better. No one sin is worse than another. I might not cheat, or break the law, but I do struggle with many other sins. All of them are just as bad as murder. Everyone of my sins put Christ on the cross just as much as a murder’s.
Then Paul goes a step farther.
Romans 2: 2-4 “Now we know that God’s judgment against those who do such things is based on truth. So when you, a mere human being, pass judgment on them and get do the same things, do you think you will escape God’s judgment? 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?”
Wow. I never even really thought of it that way before. When we pass judgment on other people’s sins and condemn them for them we are basically ignoring the gift Jesus has given us. To condemn someone for something is like saying they do not deserve the same freedom Christ bought me, even though I have done nothing better than them.
Judgment is a sin we have to watch out for. We might not even realize how big of sin it is, and what we are saying to God when we do it. Save the judgment for the man who can actually make the decisions. He has actually seen the whole story.