So why do you condemn another believer? Why do you look down on another believer? Remember, we will all stand before the judgment seat of God. For the Scriptures say, “‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord, ‘every knee will bend to me, and every tongue will declare allegiance to God. ’” Yes, each of us will give a personal account to God. So let’s stop condemning each other. Decide instead to live in such a way that you will not cause another believer to stumble and fall.
Dear God, who was it that I was listening to this last week that gave a similar message. I can’t remember who it was, but they were basically talking about a company that focuses not on what it is doing to improve itself, but instead focuses on a competing company and why it competes with them too aggressively. Oh, I remember now. There’s an outside consultant who works with us on our board retreat every year and she mentioned it in our planning meeting. She was talking about the difference between us benchmarking ourselves against other agencies to see where we might improve and sitting around and feeling sorry for ourselves because someone else might take a different tack than we do. Don’t worry about changing them. Change yourself.
That’s what this passage communicates to me this morning. I have certainly not figured you out, I often have a hard time discerning your will, so why would I spend any time evaluating someone else’s relationship with you?
Father, help me to be willing to be a builder of your kingdom through how you live out your will in my life. And help me to be an encourager of you in others. Help me to not make anyone stumble, but instead point people to you. It starts with the life I live, the things I say and the actions I take. I confess that on Saturday I participated in ridiculing someone else with a friend. I’m sorry for that I really am. Come to think of it, I did the same thing Friday too about a different person. I need to be better in this area and give more respect to others.
In Jesus’ name I pray,