Rising Joy, by Vicki Matheny
And do you think, whoever you are, when you judge those who practice such things and yet do them yourself, that you will escape God’s judgment? Or do you have contempt for the wealth of his kindness, forbearance, and patience, and yet do not know that God’s kindness leads you to repentance? But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath for yourselves in the day of wrath, when God’s righteous judgment is revealed! Romans 2.3-5
It is so easy to point our finger at others, to criticize their actions and motives! It is always easier to see what someone else is doing wrong. Most of us would rather examine closely the lives of others rather than our own.
God is the one that is good, Luke 18.19. He blesses all men with rain and sun, Matthew 5.45. God is kind and patient because he wants all men to come to repentance, 2 Peter 3.9.
Man is not so kind. It is possible to condemn someone’s actions, while at the same time, practicing the same thing in one’s own life. In fact, many things that irritate us the most in the lives of others are things that we struggle with ourselves.
We must always be careful to allow God to be the judge. I will not escape his wrath if I continue to practice things that he has deemed as sinful. Let us weed out our stubbornness and repent with humble hearts. May we be able to say with Paul, 1 Corinthians 11.1, “Be imitators of me, just as I also am of Christ”.