Judgment here! Judgment there! Judgment, judgment everywhere!
For it is said in Ecclesiastes 12:14- For God will bring every deed into judgment, with every secret thing, whether good or evil. Does this scare you? Do you think you will be standing before God next to people you have judged unrighteously or have wronged and be given the opportunity to repent for your actions against them? I often ponder about that. Any way, Paul gets down to the “nitty gritty” (the heart of the matter) as they say in the first three verses.
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. 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 yet do the same things, do you think you will escape God’s judgment? (NIV 1-3)
Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things. But we are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth against them which commit such things. And thinkest thou this, O man, that judgest them which do such things, and doest the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of God? (KJV 1-3)
We who are of this world are a very judging people. While studying this message about judgment to the Romans, I found that it is applicable to us all today. We need to KNOW that whatever is going on with those “Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:”, God’s judgment of those people will be based on His truth, not ours.
Because we have all fallen in one or more of “those things which are not convenient” listed above, my understanding is that Paul reminds us that it is imperative to know that we who do these things and pass judgment are only condemning self. While we are running around this earth judging and fearing one another, I have but one more question for us to think earnestly about…As a Believer; do you have a fear of God’s righteous judgment?
In studying this chapter it is evident to me how important it is for the TRUTH to be put forth in our watered down sermons that we hear and preach, our puffed up attitudes, and our writings off the baseboard and not the wall about the word JUDGMENT. Take a look around beloved; we are NOT the ones to render to every man according to his deeds whether good or bad because we are a very opinionated people. Personal opinions keep us in a state of judging here, judging there, and judging everywhere. Paul did it before he came to know the truth of God. He learned that his acts of judgment were “inexcusable.” Therefore, he speaks from experience when he says “But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath, Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile;”
I also understand fully why righteous judgment is 100% in the hands of God. God has the luxury of knowing everything about us. A fellow blogger here asked “What if the Lord revealed to you all your sins?” (https://emaildevotionals.com/2016/08/26/what-if-the-lord-revealed-to-you-all-your-sins-2/)
That is one truth we could not handle while standing before the Lord. Shame is upon our heads, but our repentance along with His grace and mercy erases that shame, those who believe in Him. That question for some reason reminded me of a few lines from the old movie A Few Good Men when Jack Nicholson says “You can’t handle the truth. Son, we live in a world that has walls and those walls have to be guarded with men that have guns…you have the luxury of not knowing what I know (the truth)…” He goes on to say “We use words like honor, code, loyalty. We use these words as the backbone of a life spent defending something. You use them as a punch line.” Those were some pretty powerful words.
If you take away nothing else from this blog, be sure you take away this powerful message; God’s righteous judgment beloved is not a joke, there is no punch line; “For there is no respect of persons with God.” Henceforth, let us keep our earthly judgments of one another in line with the word of God. Let us not condemn ourselves. The gospel of Christ IS the believer’s backbone.