Pay attention to the tension in your body. Let go of it and any expectations to do anything other than God’s will today. Prepare yourself to hear God’s word.
Romans 2:1-11 (NRSV)
Therefore you have no excuse, whoever you are, when you judge others; for in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, are doing the very same things. You say, “We know that God’s judgment on those who do such things is in accordance with truth.” Do you imagine, whoever you are, that when you judge those who do such things and yet do them yourself, you will escape the judgment of God? Or do you despise the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience? Do you not realize that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance? But by your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath, when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed. For he will repay according to each one’s deeds: to those who by patiently doing good seek for glory and honor and immortality, he will give eternal life; while for those who are self-seeking and who obey not the truth but wickedness, there will be wrath and fury. There will be anguish and distress for everyone who does evil, the Jew first and also the Greek, but glory and honor and peace for everyone who does good, the Jew first and also the Greek. For God shows no partiality.
It is so easy to judge others. In fact, it makes us feel better about ourselves. We can look at someone else and think, “Just look at what she or he has done. I’ve never done anything nearly that bad.” We all sin, and no sin is worse than any other in the eyes of God.
It is not our place to judge others. The only one who has the right to judge is God. Can you imagine how God will judge you on Judgement day if you choose to judge others?
Instead of judging, look for the good in other people. Try to see God in each person you meet. When you look for God, it is easier not to judge.
Lord, help us not to judge others. Help us to see you in others and for others to see you in us. I pray that we can learn to love one another better. In your name I pray. Amen.
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