"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."

Romans 2:1, NIV 


Romans is deep! If we are not careful we are likely to miss the point of many of its teachings, and therefore be in danger of misusing the Scripture.


It is helpful to note what the passage above says: Judgment is not for us! God will take care of that! We don't need to waste time trying to take God's role.


It is also helpful to note what the passage does not say: It does not say that we are to ignore our sin or the sins of others. Nor are we to be so dull that we pretend to not know what sin is! The teaching that "nobody has it all on straight so nobody can really tell what is sin" is one of the most dangerous and false doctrines that the religious world has come up with in recent years. Paul was not inspired by the Holy Spirit in Romans chapter 1 to warn us of sin, only to then pretend like that sin doesn't exist in Romans chapter 2. The Holy Spirit is not giving us freedom to sin because no one can judge, because there is One who will indeed judge. Note what else this passage says:


"To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, He will give eternal life. But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger. There will be trouble and distress for every human being who does evil..."

Romans 2:7-8, NIV 


So, is Paul contradicting himself when he first says, "don't judge" but then turns around and says. "there will be wrath and anger for those who reject the truth and follow evil"? Of course not! He is merely telling us to know our place. When we spend our time looking for specks in the eyes of others, we forget to look at the log in our own eye. But God has a remedy for making sure this does not happen : He tells us that He will do the judging. All that is left for us is to walk in obedience and encourage others to do the same.


"Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?... You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye."


Matthew 7:1-3; 5, NIV 


Today is the 41st day of the study, with the reading being Romans 1 & 2. May God richly bless your study!