Therefore you have no excuse, O man, every one of you who judges. For in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, practice the very same things. 2 We know that the judgment of God rightly falls on those who practice such things. 3 Do you suppose, O man—you who judge those who practice such things and yet do them yourself—that you will escape the judgment of God? 4 Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance?
Let us be sure of two definitions here. The first is of the word ‘judgment’. It is of the most importance that we realize that this is the judgment of God, which follows death. That is the judgment to come, and it will come. But for now, we are living in His grace and God in His ultimate mercy gives grace right up until the very end! The second is of the word ‘truth’; the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Today, truth has become a very relative term. What is true for one may not be true for another. But Paul lays it down clearly; there is one truth. That is Jesus and what is found in scripture. Be on guard against lowering your definition of truth (Josh)
Thoughts for the day
- How do the things you believe in hold up to the Bible and Jesus?
- What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
- What is one way you can apply this truth to your life today?
- Who can you encourage with this story/message?
Look around, It’s easy to forget to pay attention when making the same journey to work or school every day. Use your travel time to look around and pray for what you see. Pray for the businesses you pass; the people you see, your fellow travelers. Invite God’s presence to show you your commute through His eyes.