“JUDGING” (Romans 2:1-5)
INTRO: Last week in Romans 1:22-32, we saw that when people don’t honor God, they tend to do dishonorable things and God obliges. Today we’re going to focus on the much misunderstood subject of judging from Romans 2:1-5.
I. THE WRONG KIND OF JUDGING AND ITS CONSEQUENCES (Rom. 2:1-5).
- Judging others makes us guilty (v. 1).
- Only God’s judgment is just (v. 2).
- If you judge others, you will be judged (v. 3).
- The goodness of God leads to repentance (v. 4).
- Are we afraid people will get by with something?
- Are we afraid people will repent and not get punished?
- Can we trust God to bring appropriate justice?
- Stop judging others or you will be judged accordingly (v. 5).
II. ADDITIONAL TRUTHS ABOUT JUDGING.
- We are judged by God with the same standard we use to judge others (Matt. 7:1-2). Judging is condemning – desiring or declaring punishment.
- We should focus more on dealing with our stuff than judging others for their stuff (Matt. 7:3-5).
III. THE RIGHT KIND OF JUDGING.
- There is a righteous judging that is appropriate (Jn. 7:24).
- Judging righteously is when we discern that something is wrong for protection, but without a condemning motive.
- Sexual immorality in the church (1Cor. 5:1-3).
- Unrepentant church members (1Cor. 5:12-13; 6:1-5).
- Prophecy in the church (1Cor. 14:29).
- We should judge ourselves (1Cor. 11:31-32).
- If we’re living as we should, we don’t have to worry about the coming judgment (Jn. 5:24; 1Jn. 4:17; Ja. 2:13).
CONCLUSION: In general, we’re not to judge others (to desire or declare punishment). We will be judged with the same standard we use to judge others. May our love and mercy towards others attract rather than repel them into God’s kingdom!