For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans
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Therefore you have no excuse, O man, every one of you who judges. For in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, practice the very same things.
We know that the judgment of God rightly falls on those who practice such things.
Do you suppose, O man—you who judge those who practice such things and yet do them yourself—that you will escape the judgment of God?
Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance?
The first statement here points out a truth often noted in reading the comments of many online. It is apparent that those complaining of a judging spirit seen among many Christians demonstrate the same spirit of judging and intolerance. This is not to say that the judging seen among many Christians is alright, whenever we allow ourselves to be trapped in the confines of a judging spirit, we will find intolerance and an inability to love. We can use judgment to determine what we will do or not do, be or not be; but we cannot use judgment to pass sentence on another. God alone judges in that fashion. God knows and exercises such judgment. God alone.