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. 2You say, “We know that God’s judgment on those who do such things is in accordance with truth.” 3Do 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? 4Or 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? (Romans 2:1-4, NRSV)
Why do we judge?
And if you say you don’t judge, please take a moment to think about that. We all judge, it is human nature, but why do we judge?
Usually, we judge someone else because it takes our eyes off of us and our issues, and puts the focus on another. It highlights the problems we see in their lives and helps to push away the things we should be working on.
It is that last line of the reading we should focus on for our lives, “Do you not realize that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance?” The kindness we have from God should shine a light on the issues in our own lives and we should seek repentance about them. We need to get our life right with God and show others the love God has for us all.
How can we repent rather than judge?