Read Through Romans – Day 25

being judged

Do you like to be judged?  Judgment takes on many forms.  We can invite judgment by entering a competition.  Contestants on American Idol and The Voice pursue judgment on their musical talents by voluntarily attending auditions.  Some like what they hear, but many leave devastated.  We are judged on our performance through annual evaluations at work.  People judge us based on first impressions… you’ve heard the saying “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.”  Lots of pressure can ride on a single interaction!   And if we’re honest with ourselves, we make judgments all day long.  We judge motives behind actions, we judge a book by its cover, we judge how great a meal will be based on a picture and a two sentence description on a menu, we judge…. you fill in the blank.

Today’s Romans reading might make you think twice before judging.  Read Romans 14:1-12.

Here are some questions for you to consider:

  • How would you summarize Romans 14:1-12.
  • Read Romans 14:1-4.
  • Read Romans 14:5-9.
    • How does Romans 14:6 show the heart behind the action?
    • The NLT Study Bible provides some great insight into Romans 14:7:  As the Lord’s servants (14:4), Christians are to look to God for guidance and seek to honor Him in all things (14:8).  Because we are ultimately accountable to Him, our desire should always be to please Him, not to live for ourselves1Is your desire to please God or yourself or maybe a little of both? 
    • What changes do you need to make in order to please God rather than yourself?  Take a moment and ask God to search you and know your heart.  Let God test you and know your anxious thoughts.  Invite God to point out anything in you that offends Him and ask Him to lead you along the path of everlasting life.  (Psalm 139:23-34)     
    • What does it mean to honor the Lord? Review Colossians 1:9-10, Psalm 22:23, Psalm 29:1-2, Proverbs 3:9, Proverbs 22:4, Isaiah 29:13, and Jeremiah 3:17.
  • Read Romans 14:10-12.
    • Evaluate yourself against Romans 14:10.  Do you condemn others?  Or look down on other believers?  Explain your answer.
      • Read Matthew 7:1-5.  What did you learn about judging others from these verses?
    • Who is the ultimate judge according to Romans 14:11-12?
    • How does Galatians 6:4-5 keep us focused on ourselves rather than others?

I’m incredibly thankful that our Ultimate Judge is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in love.  I’m so grateful that I can approach the throne of grace with confidence to receive mercy and find grace to help me in my time of need… and you can too!  This means we can ask God to forgive us when we judge someone else.  And I love that our Father God is earnestly waiting… and not just waiting, but expecting, looking and longing… to be gracious to us and to demonstrate this, He lifts Himself up to he can have mercy on us and show loving kindness to us.  How. Loved. We. Are!  

Maybe you need to approach the throne of grace right now… go for it!  Chris and Conrand encourage you to Let It Out at the cross where Jesus died.  He’s waiting with mercy and grace.  Take off your mask.  Find peace at last ‘cause He loves you more than you could ever know.

1 NLT Study Bible.  (2004).  Romans 14:7 Note (p. 1917).  Carol Stream, IL:  Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.

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