How often have we heard this phrase: you are judging. Yet, if truth be known we all judge. We judge which foods we want to eat based on likes and dislikes. We judge ideas by choosing truth from error. But, to judge another’s heart is for God alone for He is impartial. God knows which of the two kinds of people will stand before him one day: self-righteous sinner or repentant saved (saint) and he doesn’t really care if they are Jew or Gentile!
God sees the self-righteous person whose attitude is reflected in their judging of others while ignoring self-judgment first. The saved has a righteous attitude that recognizes one thing: it was God’s kindness that led him/her to repentance and therefore he has no need to judge for that is God’s prerogative . The sinner has failed to realize that he/she is without excuse when they judge someone else. For on whatever grounds they judge another, they condemn themselves, because they who judge practice the same things. [Rom 2:2 paraphrase]. Paul in writing to the Romans reminds them of this when he writes about their attitude: “you have contempt for the wealth of [God’s] kindness, forbearance, and patience,”
Jesus’ parable of the Pharisee and a publican reveals this mindset. One day two men went up to the temple to pray. A confident Pharisee stood praying, thanking God for his accumulation of good works all the while judging others. In sharp contrast, the publican would not even look up to heaven and sought the mercy of God. Only one went home justified and it was NOT the Pharisee. He who has ears to hear learn this: “everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted.” [Luke 18]
Like the publican we should be entreating God’s mercy so we can sing “thank you Lord for saving my soul, thank you Lord for making me whole
” for salvation is His work alone.