Romans 2:1-4 says, “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?” “Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?”
In Romans Chapter 1, we learned of God’s mercy and grace towards each of us, but in Romans Chapter 2, we will be learning about God’s judgment towards each of us. We know that God is a merciful, loving God who doesn’t want to see anyone perish. But in this week’s studies, we are going to learn how just God truly is.
Yesterday at work, one of my co-workers was joking about me being sent to the principal’s office. I immediately started laughing and said, “I guess we’ll find out if I’m in trouble for anything.” As much as I wanted to be left alone, I knew I couldn’t escape having a meeting with my boss. The meeting I had with my boss yesterday made me think about my inescapable meeting with God that I will have one day.
Will He say “Well done, my good and faithful servant.”?
Will He say, “I do not know you.”?
What does my life and my actions say about my soul?
We are given one life to live and the way we live our lives while we’re alive is how God is going to determine our eternities. What we do here on earth now will either lead us directly to God or it will lead us directly to the enemy. It is up to us on how we choose to live.
In our scriptures for today, we learn that judging is left to God. If we say we are Christians, then our lives better reflect Christ, because if they don’t we are just as bad as the sinners we tend to judge. Self-righteousness towards others who do not know the Lord is just as bad as sinning in the eyes of God. It is important for us to stay humble before the Lord and leave the judging up to God.
There is a difference in ministering to those who are lost, explaining to them why their lifestyles are sinful, then judging a sinner harshly for living a sinful life. When it comes to our duties as Christians, we are to teach those around us about God’s goodness and His holiness, but we are not to be the judge over someone’s life.
One day, each one of us, whether we are saved or not will face God. We will all be held accountable for every little thing that we have ever done. There will be no one who will escape God’s judgment.
There is a popular quote I grew up hearing that says, “What we do in life, echoes for eternity.”
If we know to good and we decide to not do good, we’re sinners.
If we know to be loving towards everyone, but we pick and choose who to be loving towards, we’re sinners.
If we condemn a sinner for their sinful ways, believing we are better than them, we’re sinners.
Sin isn’t just the big things in life that we automatically know are morally wrong.
Let us strive to be humble before the Lord today. May we stop being the role of the judge and start being loving Christians for Christ today. Let’s do the work of the Lord but let us not try to take the place of God when it comes to reaching the lost.
DIY: DO IT YOURSELF
- Read Romans Chapter 2.
- Verse map or bible SOAP key scriptures that stick out to you during your study.
- Do you believe God will say “Well done my good and faithful servant” to you on judgement day? Why or why not?
- How can we still condemn sin, but not the sinner?
- Pray for the blessing of humility today.