When it comes to judging, some people use no judgment at all and say something like “whatever floats your boat” even though the whatever is something clearly forbidden by God’s Word. They exercise no judgment and the Bible is against them. Others are constantly judging others for things about which the Bible says nothing and are censorious people – something the Bible forbids. Today’s devotional should help you avoid sinful censoriousness and strike the right balance. God bless you.
Because of Calvary,
Romans 14:4-5 (ESV)
4 Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master that he stands or falls. And he will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make him stand.
5 One person esteems one day as better than another, while another esteems all days alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind.
“Censoriousness. ― I. The practice condemned. 1. Not all judgment. 2. But measuring and condemning others by our own standard. 3. This is exceedingly common. II. The evil of it. 1. It is impertinent, because beyond your province; 2. Presumptuous, because it is to invade the providence of God; 3. Perilous, because God may justify whom we condemn, and the condemnation falls back on ourselves.” [Lyth in Gray & Adams Bible Commentary V, edited by James C. Gray and George M. Adams, (Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing House, n.d.), p. 77]