Romans 2:1–11 (ESV)
God’s Righteous Judgment
2 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? 5 But because of your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed.
6 He will render to each one according to his works: 7 to those who by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, he will give eternal life; 8 but for those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness,
there will be wrath and fury. 9 There will be tribulation and distress for every human being who does evil, the Jew first and also the Greek, 10 but glory and honor and peace for everyone who does good, the Jew first and also the Greek. 11 For God shows no
This passage speaks of God’s Righteous Judgment. Too often, we take it on ourselves to judge others. Remember that God is the Judge and I give thanks that I am not. I
do not have to approve of wrongful behavior, or endorse it, but it is not my place to judge someone as to if they are going to heaven or hell. That belongs to God. I can warn of wrong behavior, but it is not up to me to judge. God will judge!
We often want immediate judgement, but don’t be so quick to think this way. God was patient on you for your sins and he is patient on others. What he wants is for people to repent of their sins. If the church endorses wrongful behavior,
then the people will not see that behavior as wrong. God wants us to stop sinning. He wants us to repent. Look at verse 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? The time for judgement will come, until then let’s spread the message of Jesus and what he has done for you to the lost. Let us honor God and let God be God.
pray: O Lord, help me to live as Christ and to let the love be as a guiding light. Help me to not play God by judging others, but to let God be God and give thanks for his patience. Amen.