The Pointing Finger!
“So why do you condemn another believer? Why do you look down on another believer? Remember, we will all stand before the judgment seat of God.” Romans 14:10
The sacrifice of Christ made provisions for loving each other and the body in general. Our love is not of confession alone, but a concession. It’s always easier to see people’s errors when we stand as judges or jury members rather than loving. God warns us not to criticize, gossip, or judge each other, but rather to be open-minded to avoid being judgmental. Remember, we are called to be kind and compassionate toward others because “Fire goes out for lack of fuel, and tensions disappear when gossip stops.” (Proverbs 26:20)
When we are open-minded, we can see an individual with their unique perspective. When we criticize others in faith, we judge or condemn them and interfere with God’s plan and purpose most of the time. That’s why Apostle Paul said in verse 10 of Romans 14 that why do you judge your fellow believer, knowing fully well that we shall all stand before the judgment seat? We should be careful how we point the finger at others. However, we should learn how to correct one another with love instead of judging with a biased mind.
“Brothers and sisters, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against a brother or sister or judges them speaks against the law and judges it. When you judge the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in judgment on it.” James 4:11
Please, don’t be a hypocrite in the body of Christ, but Instead, take a step back and look at how you can use the time wisely and help others to grow. Anytime we think of criticizing or judging others, we are giving the devil something to work on, and it’s his job to accused, complained, condemn, blame, or criticize people for their action and scatter the gathering of the believer. Therefore, we should not allow ourselves to become so caught up in our self-righteousness that we forget God’s love and mercy for us.
The body of Christ is not to condemn or belittle others but to encourage each of them. Of course, the redeemed, saint, and sanctified have a place in the church where they can come together and share their faith. Likewise, it’s also essential to remember that some people need a place in the church to incubate and feel like they belong. Remember that some new convert, even the old convert, are going through a difficult time, and they may need encouragement to get back on track. They may need to be reminded of what God has done for them and how much he loves them. Therefore, “Do not judge, or you will be judged.” Matthew 7:1
1. Lord, help me guide my heart in the right direction as I walk with you.
2. Holy Spirit, please help me find the way to reach out to help others lovingly in Jesus’ name. Amen