Today’s Scripture: So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God. Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother’s way. Romans 14:12-13

The world likes to misquote Scripture when it fits their needs. How many times have you heard someone say, “Judge not,” as an excuse of their sinful choices? But this isn’t what God meant. He didn’t say, “Judge not,” He said, “Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.” (Matthew 7:1-2) Jesus didn’t say we shouldn’t judge, He was teaching us not to be hypocrites. In John 7:24, Jesus said, “Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.” Here, Jesus tells us to judge righteously, so He is obviously not telling us that we can never judge.

We all have a tendency to judge others: Why did he treat me like that? What did she really mean? Why doesn’t he act like this? etc. We need to learn that although we may need to correct certain actions or attitudes, that should not be our main goal. Instead, we are to judge ourselves because we will stand before God someday. We need to make sure that we will not cause someone else to fall. We need to live in a way that will help others in their walk with God, not hinder it.

How do you judge others? If someone fails, do you instantly jump on their back and point out what they did wrong? How do you judge yourself? When you sin, do you judge yourself as hard as if someone else did that sin? God says that the way we judge will be the way we are judged. We need to learn to forgive others because we need forgiveness as well.

Let’s not seek out the wrong in others. Rather, let’s judge ourselves so that when we stand before God we will be confident that we were not a stumbling block for others.

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.