Today's devotion for today is based on Romans 2:1, "For at whatever point you judge another, you are condemning yourself because you who pass judgment do the same things."
We make hundreds of judgments every day; about other drivers on the way to work or the people we see on the bus, those we work with, the people we pass on the street or line up with at the shops, the people we hear or read about in news items. Who hasn't made judgments about the recent American elections!
It's so easy to judge; however, as this verse points out, when we judge others, we are judging ourselves. We can't make excuses for ourselves and judge others, as we are no different from anyone else. We all have our flaws. We all make mistakes and mess things up. We all say and do the wrong things.
We also can't sit in judgment and rate sins on a scale of one to ten, with one being a small slip-up and ten being totally evil. It's all sin. We've all sinned and deserve God's judgment.
God loves us, and also all those people we are so quick to judge. He wants to shower his grace and forgiveness on them as well as on us. What's more, he wants you and me to show his love, grace, and forgiveness towards them too. I was reminded a few days ago after making a judgment without having all the facts that whenever we are tempted to judge others, we need to remember that the person we have judged is a person for whom Christ died.
Please pray with me the prayer for today: Heavenly Father, gracious God, creator and sustainer of all things, seen and unseen, thank you for your love and the grace and forgiveness you shower on me. Help me to show that same love, grace, and forgiveness toward others. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen