God’s Kindness Sabotages My Judgmentalism

You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, 

for at whatever point you judge another, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things… Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, forbearance and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance? Rom. 2:1–4 NIV

Heavenly Father, this passage convicts me and underscores how much I need the gospel every day. The call to love others (all others) as Jesus loves me keeps driving me to you for fresh grace and power.

I’m a selective lover, judge, and forgiver, Father. I’m not an equal opportunity dispenser of your compassion and kindness. It’s not difficult for me to shower “the riches of your kindness, tolerance, and patience” on people of my “tribe,” and those whose sins and struggles are like mine. But I can be hair-trigger critical towards people whose world-view, brokenness, and temptations are different than mine. But you certainly haven’t appointed me to be judge and jury of anyone.

May your kindness lead me to repent quicker and deeper, Father. Help me grieve my self-righteousness just as much as I’m offended by anybody else’s “unrighteousness”; and my prayerlessness as much as anybody’s haughtiness; and my passive aggressiveness as much as anybody’s active rage-fulness; and my flight as much as anybody’s spite; and my lack of faith as much as anybody’s lack of self-control.

Jesus took the judgment we deserve on the cross, and now you love us with the fullness of compassion, acceptance, and delight. The greatest non sequitur in life is for us to “cop an attitude,” resent, and stay smug towards anyone. Deepen our repentance and supersize our compassion for fellow broken sinners, Father. So very Amen I pray, in your righteous and loving name.