Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Day 2

Romans 2:1
You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge the other, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things.
This is a verse that speaks to all of us I believe. We are all judgmental by nature.
Come on, I know I am not the only person who likes to people watch in the mall for entertainment.
I find that even when I am trying my best not to be judgmental, I still make assumptions about people. Sometimes it just feels better for someone else to look like they are in a worse position than you are, or justify your situation by pointing out someone who appears to be guilty of "more". But God is our judge. If you continue reading in the second chapter of Romans, it says that God's judgment is based on truth; not by what someone else heard, not by assumption or perception, but on truth. That is the key difference in the way God sees things and the way we see things. He sees things for the way they actually are and not how they appear to be.

Another important thing to take from this verse is when it says, "you who pass judgment do the same things". I have realized the more life experiences I have how important it is to NOT think you are above ANYTHING or ANYONE. So many times we think we are doing good and pleasing God, but then it is easy to fall into a sense of contentment and pride, two major footholds for the devil to take ground in your life. We must realize that we are human and we make mistakes. Who knows when we will make a huge mistake again, so we must keep ourselves humble and obedient, so that we won't be blinded by pride and a feeling of perfection. We should be aiming for perfection with the humility of knowing we will never hit it, and we should challenge others to do the same by showing them the target rather than judging them and obscuring the target, who is Jesus.

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