Paul says, “Therefore you have no excuse, everyone of you who passes judgment, for in that which you judge another, you condemn yourself; for you who judge practice the same things. And we know that the judgment of God rightly falls upon those who practice such things. But do you suppose this, O man, when you pass judgment on those who practice such things and do the same yourself, that you will escape the judgment of God? Or do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and tolerance and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance?”
We also must not think that we can choose to live sinful lives and be pleasing to God because we did not judge others living sinful lives.
If that is the case, then we really haven’t given our hearts to God, which is what He desires of us. Paul explains in Romans 6 that although God has offered us grace through the forgiveness of our sins, we should not continue in sin, but rather die to sin and the flesh and live in the Spirit.
Just as Christ was raised from the dead, we are raised from the death of our sinful lives to a new life in Christ, following His example of holiness, righteousness, and love.
Do you often see fault in others without examining your own faults? If God will be as merciful and forgiving of your offences as you are to others, do you have any hope of salvation? How do you respond to reproof?
Brad Trekell is a 2013 graduate of NWOSU, where he wrote a column for the Northwestern News. Comments or questions may be sent to Brad via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.