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As I pen these words today, I feel like preaching. We all need to pay attention. Judging others is something we all must avoid. If we are honest, there are times when all of us judge somebody and most of the time the judgment is harsh and cold. In reality, we have no right to judge. That is left up to God. In addition, be careful how you judge others for in the final analysis all of us have areas in our lives that are not always pleasing unto God. Therefore, by God’s grace we could be like the same individual we are judging. If I were a better preacher or writer, someone would be shouting right now. Where would we be if God judged us as others do? Praise God for His grace, love, and mercy. On more than one occasion, I have told the congregation that none of us could have our lives put up on a screen. That alone, should convince us not to judge others. God’s Word in Romans 14:13 speaks of not judging others.

“So let’s stop condemning each other. Decide instead to live in such a way that you will not cause another believer to stumble and fall.”

In this moving chapter, Paul speaks of the danger of criticism. Throughout this chapter, he writes of the many things people do when judging others. He says that each of us must give a personal account to God. Rather than judge, decide to live in a way that pleases God. Never look down on another believer. Honor God for living a life that is worthy and pleasing unto Him. Serve Him with an attitude of gratitude. Seek to build each other up. Do not tear another brother or sister down, rather encourage, pray, and build him or her up. Prayerfully, you have long stopped criticizing and judging others and now spend more time thanking God for your life and praying for others.