Taking away points

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. Now we know that God’s judgment against those who do such things is based on truth. So when you, a mere man, pass judgment on them and yet do the same things, do you think you will escape God’s judgment? Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, tolerance and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness leads you toward repentance? (Romans 2:1-4)

Watching the Olympics last winter was very enjoyable to me. One of the events I like most to watch is the figure skating. The judges watch every little movement and detail as the skaters perform. One little slip up will cost them the gold.

Sometimes I think we watch each other with the same fervor with an imaginary scorecard in our hand. In doing this, we are appointing ourselves as judges of life. As we take points away from someone else, we are having points taken away from us for doing “the same things.” It is only because of God’s grace in showing “kindness, tolerance and patience” to us that we turn away from sin. Reflecting God’s grace to others will be worth its weight in gold.

Prayer: Father, thank you for your reminder of your wonderful grace shown to me. May I reflect that grace to those I come in contact with. Amen

Faith tip: Today when you feel yourself picking up the scorecard to judge someone, pray for God’s grace to enable you to show kindness, tolerance and patience.

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