“Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master that he stands or falls. And he will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make him stand.” (4)
“Therefore let us not pass judgment on one another any longer, but rather decide never to put a stumbling block or hindrance in the way of a brother.” (13)
What a relief that it’s not our job to judge each other, right!? Wasn’t the desire to become our own judges of good and evil the thing which slipped up Eve to begin with?
Life is complicated and the LORD has us each in a sanctification process. He gave us His Spirit to help discern, but this is primarily to helps us navigate our own ship.
Isn’t it lovely, He commands us to love each other and warns against judging? It’s so hard to be good at, really. We can hardly judge ourselves fairly.
My conscience has changed along with my convictions all throughout my life, but God has always been with me. I’ve spent way too much of my creative energy judging people. As evangelicals, it’s easy to justify our specific judgements about who is saved and who isn’t, because we’ve got a job to do!
Look at this:
“Why do you pass judgment on your brother? Or you, why do you despise your brother? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God; for it is written, “As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.” So then each of us will give an account of himself to God.” (10-12)
It’s not a comparison contest and we are not responsible for each other, only to love each other.
Allow the LORD to examine your heart on this and, if need be, create a goal to grow in loving over judging. I, for one, feel like I have more energy to love when I give up the task of judging.